Concerned over the objection raised by senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sushma Swaraj to the proposed readmission of her one-time close confidant B. Sriramulu (BSR Congress) to the party, the State leadership has decided to speak to her in a bid to convince her of the need to enlist his support for the electoral battle ahead.

Ms. Swaraj’s objection comes a day after Mr. Sriramulu himself announced his plan to rejoin the BJP. Sources in the BJP State unit blamed it on the hurried manner in which he announced his merger plans even before the party State unit had obtained permission from Central leaders. “He should have waited till the Central leaders approved,” they said.

At the same time, they expressed confidence that it would be possible for them to convince Ms. Swaraj on the need to accept the merger and thus ensure the consolidation of votes in favour of the BJP.

Strengthening process

The party State unit, which wants to fortify itself after a disastrous performance in the recent Assembly elections, is trying to bring back its prominent leaders. As such, B.S. Yeddyurappa has returned to the BJP and the party believes that it will be advantageous to have Mr. Sriramulu, a prominent leader from the Bellary region, return to the party fold.

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