BJP refuses BSR Cong merger but fields its leader

After public opposition by senior leader Sushma Swaraj, BJP on Thursday decided against Karnataka’s BSR Congress merging with it even as the nomination of the party leader B Sreeramalu for the Bellary Lok Sabha seat was approved. The BJP Parliamentary Board discussed the issue at length and disfavoured the merger of BSR Congress, a regional party of Karnataka, sources said.

Sreeramulu is a close confidante of the Reddy brothers who had to quit BJP after their arrest in the mining scam.

At the same time, BJP decided to field Sreeramulu from Bellary in Karnataka. BJP’s Karnataka unit president Prahlad Joshi said the ‘Parliamentary Board has decided to field Sreeramulu to contest from the Bellary Lok Sabha seat on a BJP ticket.’ Sreeramulu said that he has been conveyed by the BJP leadership about his ticket and said his party was ready for a merger.
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