Veteran actress Vijayashanthi has quit the Congress and will join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday. She is expected to meet Home Minister Amit Shah after joining the BJP in New Delhi. Telangana BJP chief Bandi Sanjay Kumar has left for Delhi from Hyderabad. Vijayshanti became active in politics and joined the BJP in 1997. During Telangana separate statehood movement, she closely associated with TRS chief KCR.
She became an MP from Medak after she contested on a TRS ticket and represented the constituency between 2009-2014. She parted her way from TRS and joined Congress in 2014. In October, actor-turned-politician Khusbu Sundar had quit Congress and joined the BJP in the presence of BJP General Secretary CT Ravi, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra and other members of the saffron party.Khushbu Sundar joined the BJP hours after she resigned from the primary membership of Congress, alleging "suppression". She had joined the Congress in 2014.