Hyderabad: There was a time when political leaders defecting or quitting from any other party preferred to jump over to the Bharatiya Janata Party. That is history now. The saffron brigade, which still makes unabashed claims about capturing power in Telangana, is now nowhere in the list of preferred list of parties with no politician willing to join the party.
No more a choice for seat aspirants in Telangana, the situation of the BJP has become so pathetic that it is finding it difficult to get candidates to contest from a majority of the 119 assembly constituencies in the State. In fact, for the first time in the history of the BJP, the party has invited applications for candidates willing to contest the Assembly polls. The move has surprised even senior leaders and functionaries of the party.
Even though the entire State leadership is in constant consultation with senior leaders from rival parties in attempt to get onto the saffron bandwagon, none of them are willing to join the BJP. Except for former MLAs, sarpanches and seniors, who have no support base in their constituencies, no one else is showing interest in the BJP.
After the BRS announced the names of party candidates for 115 seats, the BJP leadership was hoping that a large number of MLAs and leaders, whose name did not figure in the list would join them, but to their surprise none of them showed interest.