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BSY Initiates Merger Process

Published: 04th January 2014 08:23 AM

Last Updated: 04th January 2014 08:45 AM

KJP supremo B S Yeddyurappa here on Friday initiated the process of merger of his party with the BJP by submitting a letter to Speaker Kagodu Thimmappa.

Yeddyurappa, accompanied by three other KJP MLAs — U B Banakar, Gurupadappa Nagamarapalli and Vishwanath Patil — met the Speaker and conveyed the decision of merging the KJP with the BJP. He also submitted individual letters from four MLAs, including himself, affirming their support to the merger. The letter submitted by Yeddyurappa requested the Speaker to make seating arrangements for them with BJP MLAs.

However, Yeddyurappa had to endure a few anxious moments before heading to meet Kagodu as Nagamarapalli refused to commit his support for merger.

According to KJP sources, Nagamarapalli relented only after Yeddyurappa assured him that his (Gurupadappa) political interests would be protected even after the merger. Yeddyurappa is said to have assured BJP ticket for Gurupadappa’s son Suryakanth Nagamarapalli from Bidar in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Receiving the letter, Kagodu Thimmappa said he would take a decision after consulting legal experts.

There is no legal hurdles for KJP’s merger with the BJP as four out of the six KJP MLAs have agreed for the merger, Yeddyurappa said adding thus fulfilling the legal requirement of support of at least two-third of the members.

B R Patil and Guru Patil, the two MLAs who have refused to support the merger, have decided to maintain separate identity. According to sources, they are expected to move closer to the Congress in the coming days.

The merger has also raised the demand for bestowing the status of Principal Opposition to the BJP and also giving it the choice of naming the Leader of Opposition from its own ranks as the BJP’s strength would go up to 44 after the merger.

Though the BJP and JD(S) had bagged 40 seats each in the Assembly elections, the JD(S) got the Principal Opposition status as the party had polled more votes than the BJP. At present, H D Kumaraswamy is the Leader of Opposition.

Former Law and Parliamentary Affairs minister Suresh Kumar told Express that there is no legal hurdles for bestowing the honour of Principal Opposition status to the BJP.

Meanwhile, leader Jagadish Shettar in Belgaum said he will be the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly after the KJP’s merger.

BJP Now Looks at Sriramulu

Bangalore: After achieving success in wooing KJP chief B S Yeddyurappa, the BJP's attention now has shifted towards BRS Congress, which is another offshoot of the party.

The BJP, which has sent feelers several times to BRS Congress chief Sriramulu in this regard, is expected to intensify the efforts to complete the process of merger.

"We want all nationalist forces to unite with the BJP in fighting the Congress. This includes BSR Congress," state BJP general secretary C T Ravi informed Express.

According to BSR Congress sources, Sriramulu is more keen on having an alliance with the BJP than merging his party with the saffron outfit. “Sriramulu’s decision depends on the guidance from his close confidants Janardhana Reddy and Jaganmohan Reddy,” sources said. 

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