Surekha and Murali had quit the YSR Congress party last year after it opposed formation of a separate Telangana state. The two former legislators then rejoined the Congress, which they had left in 2009.

However, as the Congress reportedly refused to field Surekha from an Assembly constituency in Warangal district, the couple joined TRS.

The couple took the decision after meeting TRS chief K Chandrasekhara Rao at the latter's residence here on Tuesday.

The TRS has reportedly promised party ticket from Warangal East Assembly constituency and assured that her husband would be nominated to the legislative council.

 Surekha, however, claimed that they were not joining TRS for any post. She told reporters that TRS alone is capable of transforming Telangana into a golden state.

Chandrasekhara Rao's son and TRS leader K Tarakarama Rao said this would strengthen the party in Warangal district.

Surekha had resigned from the Cabinet in October 2009 after the Congress leadership refused to make YS Jaganmohan Reddy the Chief Minister following the death of his father YS Rajasekhara Reddy.


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