BSR Cong to merge with BJP

The BSR Congress led by former minister B Sriramulu is all set to be merged with the BJP. This was announced by Sriramulu, who had launched the party following a split with the BJP about a year ago, while addressing reporters after a meeting with party workers in Bellary on Wednesday. 

He said the decision was taken to ensure the BJP wins the Lok Sabha elections and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi becomes the prime minister. Defending his decision to quit the party and to rejoin now, Sriramulu said: “My self-respect was at stake when the Lokayukta report on illegal mining indicted me and it was inevitable for me to quit the BJP and launch a regional party.”

He said as per his astrologer’s suggestions, he put his self-respect aside, in view of development of the country, and approached the BJP, seeking the merger. He said the senior leaders including Sushma Swaraj, Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Nitin Gadkari, State leaders Jagadish Shettar and others have agreed for the merger. 

In Bangalore, former chief minister Jagadish Shettar said it was a matter of time before the formalities of the merger are continued. He said the Bellary seat would be offered to Sriramulu once the merger process is completed. The BSR Congress had four members in the Assembly. Post merger the strength of the BJP in the assembly would increase to 48.

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