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Its official:Yeddyurappa’s party merges with BJP

Confirming the development, Yeddyurappa said, ‘I have decided to merge KJP with the BJP and we shall work together from Friday.’

Welcoming the Lingayat strongman in the party fold, Prahlad Joshi of the BJP said, ‘Once again we welcome Yeddyurappa back to BJP and with this move we put behind us all that happened in the past.’

The main opposition party, BJP, had cleared decks for KJP’s formal merger days after BSY hinted that he was keen to return to his former party in order to support Narendra Modi.

The decision was announced shortly after the Karnataka BJP core committee met on Thursday.
After the meeting, BJP state unit chief Prahlad Joshi said, ‘There is absolute consensus (about the entry of Yeddyurappa). There is no problem. Unanimously, the state unit has decided that we have to fight (Lok Sabha) election together.’

The merger moves had gathered steam in recent weeks, with Yeddyurappa giving clear indications that it was only a matter of time before his return to BJP whose state leaders also got the green signal from the party top brass.

KJP had garnered six seats and 10 per cent vote share in the 8 May assembly polls playing spoiler to the then ruling BJP, which lost its first-ever government in the South. KJP had failed to make a big impact as an independent force.

Noting that state unit was unanimous on induction of Yeddyurappa, Joshi said, ‘He has already declared that he is ready to join BJP, which state unit has whole heartedly welcomed.’

To a question whether Yeddyurappa will be given any formal invitation, he said, ‘He has already declared that he is joining BJP, we are formally meeting (him) that’s all.’

On criticism by Congress and other opponents on re-induction of Yeddyurappa, Joshi said ‘... When allegations were made against him (Yeddyurappa) through some agency, then president of BJP and our central unit took a decision that when there are serious charges, he should not remain in position.’
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