Actress and former MP Vijayashanti meets Rahul Gandhi to join forces for 2019 elections which marks her return to active politics after a break of 3 years.
After lying low for three years, veteran actress and former Member of Parliament M Vijayashanti is back. In valiant effort to become active in politics she joins Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi in Delhi on Tuesday.
Congress party leader in charge of party affairs in Telangana RC Kuntia and state party chief Uttam Kumar Reddy were also present during the meeting. This is a big step for Vijayashanti as she is ready to roll with congress after a previous defeat.
Vijayashanti told Rahul that she will work for the victory of the party in 2019 elections. Party sources said she may get an important responsibility in the organisation.
The actress-turned-politician was away from active politics since her defeat in 2014 elections.
Vijayashanti began her acting career in 1980, playing a leading role in the Tamil film Kallukkul Eeram, at the age of 13.
She even played a role in Telugu film Satyam-Sivam in 1981, which starred the likes of NT Rama Rao and Akkineni Nageswara Rao.
She then went on to do several films with actors such as Balakrishna, Chiranjeevi and Daggubati Venkatesh.
Vijayashanti began her political career with the Bharatiya Janata Party in 1997 and served as General Secretary of the party’s women’s wing.
She quit BJP in 2005 to float a separate outfit to fight for separate statehood to Telangana.
She later merged “Talli Telangana” with TRS and was elected to Lok Sabha from Medak constituency in 2009.
“Lady Amitabh”, the nickname as a reputation for her action roles in Telugu films. She joined Congress on the eve of 2014 elections after her suspenssion from Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) for anti-party activities.
She also had a fallout with Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.
After her 2014 defeat, Vijayashanti has stayed low, and has finally resurfaced, almost three years later.