BJP State Unit Awaits Swaraj's Nod For Sriramulu's Return - The New Indian Express

BJP State Unit Awaits Swaraj's Nod For Sriramulu's Return

Published: 23rd February 2014 08:45 AM

Last Updated: 23rd February 2014 08:45 AM

The State unit of the BJP is trying to convince Opposition leader in Lok Sabha and senior party leader Sushma Swaraj to give her consent to take back former minister and BSR Congress MLA B S Sriramulu into the party fold.

Speaking to Express on condition of anonymity, a senior BJP leader said, “We are in contact with Swaraj and are requesting her to give her nod for the reentry of Sriramulu. The State unit has already conveyed its decision that it has no problems in taking back Sriramulu. She is likely to give her consent in the next four to five days. Even Sriramulu is interested in rejoining.”

The leader revealed that the BJP in its recent executive committee meeting, has decided to give a ticket to Sriramulu for the Bellary Lok Sabha constituency, which is presently held by J Shantha. Sriramulu was a popular leader not only in Bellary but also in neighbouring Raichur, Koppal and Gadag districts. Since the BJP has lost ground in Bellary district, it wants to regain its footing by fielding Sriramulu.

“The State BJP leaders have already discussed this with Sriramulu and he too has shown interest to return. We are optimistic of getting clearance from the high command at the earliest,” he added.

Swaraj was once close with the Reddy brothers and Sriramulu but distanced herself from them after the illegal mining scam came to the fore in Bellary district.

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