BJP revokes Raghavendra, Udasi's suspension

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has withdrawn the suspension of Lok Sabha members B Y Raghavendra and Shivakumar Udasi, as per recommendations of the party’s State unit.

BJP State President Pralhad Joshi told reporters here, on Thursday, that Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, withdrew the suspension of both the Parliament members as per the recommendations of the State unit after Karnataka Janata Party, founded by former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, merged with BJP and they would now involve in party activities.

He said party state unit has received suggestions to field Yeddyurappa or his son and sitting Member of Parliament Raghavendra as candidate from Shimoga parliamentary constituency in the coming Lok Sabha elections. State unit has conveyed its decision to field Yeddyurappa to the national unit and national leaders would hold talks with the former chief minister in this regard.

‘Not sidelined’

Party hasn’t sidelined Yeddyurappa and he has attended one of the two core committee meetings held and the former chief minister wasn’t sulking. Process to provide suitable posts for leaders who joined the party along with Yeddyurappa were in progress, he stated.

Party has been considering proposal of BSR Congress chief B Sriramulu’s to merge his party with BJP, he added. In the coming Lok Sabha elections, BJP would retain its tally of 2009 elections and would also make efforts to increase it. Decision of some of the candidates short-listed by the party for contesting the elections too has been conveyed to the national unit, Joshi stated.

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