BJP leader Sushma Swaraj took to the Twitter again to express her displeasure over the entry of controversial Karnataka leader B Sriramulu into the BJP.
She had also written to party chief Rajnath Singh, saying such 'tainted' leaders should not be allowed to be associated with the party.
"I have conveyed to Rajnath Singh in writing that BJP must not permit this (merger)," she mentioned on Twitter last week.
"BJP Parliamentary Board has decided against the merger of BSR Congress. But it has allowed some of its leaders to join the BJP-fold. However, each leader's credentials will be screened and only such people will be allowed to join the party who are not tainted, have no cases and have a good public image," a senior BJP leader said.
Accordingly, Sriramulu returned to the BJP on Friday. After joining the party he described Sushma as his 'mother'. The BJP is likely to field Sriramulu from Bellary in Karnataka.
The three Reddy brothers, Janardhana, Karunakara and Somashekara, were once considered close to Swaraj. Janardhana is in jail in Andhra Pradesh in an illegal mining case and was considered Sriramulu's mentor, while the other influential brother G Somashekara Reddy may also follow Sriramulu back into BJP.
Here are the tweets:
I want to make it absolutely clear that B.Sriramulu has been admitted in the party despite my stiff opposition.
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwarajbjp) March 14, 2014
I am opposed to the BSR alliance or merger with BJP in Karnataka. @mukeshirs
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwarajbjp) March 6, 2014
With agency inputs