Telangana Nagara Samithi (TNS) founder and MLA Nagam Janardhan Reddy on Thursday said he would merge his party with the Bharatiya Janata Party at a public meeting on June 3.

Addressing a media conference here, Dr. Janardhan Reddy said he was thoroughly convinced that only a national-level party could achieve statehood for Telangana region.

As the Congress failed to keep its promise and the BJP came forward, he wanted to join that party, he said.

“I am not joining it for political gain. While in the TDP, I enjoyed power as I was close to party president N. Chandrababu Naidu. I came out of the party after differing with Mr. Naidu on the Telanagana issue”, Dr. Reddy pointed out.

He said it was a matter of time before the TRS merged with the Congress and he was not interested in ending up in the party that had been dilly-dallying on the issue for nearly five decades.

“Having seen people getting killed in 1969, I joined the TDP only to unseat the Congress. Now, again I cannot join it”, he said.

He would run for the Lok Sabha as it would enable him to vote for the Telangana bill that would be piloted by the BJP-led NDA government after the 2014 elections, he said.