Hyderabad/Nizamabad: The Telangana Rashtra Samiti MLA from Bodhan, Shakeel Amir Mohammed has denied reports that he was planning to leave the TRS and join Bharatiya Janata Party.
“Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao gave me opportunities three times to contest as an MLA. Twice I won with his blessings. The Chief Minister is my political godfather and there is no way I will leave the TRS,” the Bodhan MLA said on Thursday reacting to reports of his plans to join the BJP.
Shakeel Mohammed said he is indebted to Chandrashekhar Rao and “as long as I am alive, I will be in the TRS. Also, reports that I asked to be made a Minister are wrong,” he said.
Earlier, Shakeel Aamir Mohammad calling on Nizamabad MP Dharmapuri Aravind sent the rumour mills into an overdrive, with speculation that the TRS legislator was ready to cross over tothe BJP, flooding social media platforms.
Neither Shakeel nor Aravind mentioned anything about the TRS MLA joining the BJP, but the opposition went into an overdrive with talks doing rounds that the MLA was miffed after being overlooked for a Cabinet berth. His followers, however, told ‘Telangana Today’ that there was no truth in what the opposition was making out of the visit which was a casual one.
They said Shakeel had called on Aravind to congratulate the MP on his victory and to discuss issues pertaining to the constituency.
It was Aravind, who reportedly posted a picture of the two on his Facebook account. However, he did not mention anything about Shakeel joining the BJP, in the post.