In the run up to the 2014 General Elections, the BJP has accepted B Sriramalu into the party to bolster up its chances in Bellary, and in Karnataka. J Shantha (sister of B Sriramalu) of the BJP is the sitting MP.
Sriramalu had quit the BJP in 2011 to start the Badavara Shramikara Raitara Congress. He is currently the MLA for Bellary Rural. Sriramalu is a close aide of the jailed mining baron Janardhana Reddy.
Sushma Swaraj of the BJP tweeted her unhappiness at Mr.Sriramalu being inducted into the party "I want to make it absolutely clear that B.Sriramulu has been admitted in the party despite my stiff opposition." Swaraj had earlier opposed Mr.Sriramalu and the Reddy Brothers entry into the BJP on the grounds that the party should not admit 'tainted' people.
I want to make it absolutely clear that B.Sriramulu has been admitted in the party despite my stiff opposition.
Sriramulu's homecoming came a day after BJP Parliamentary Board disfavoured the merger but decided to field him as candidate on the party ticket for the Bellary Lok Sabha seat. BSR Congress had declared its decision on merger but it ran into trouble after Swaraj publicly opposed his and mining baron Reddy brothers' entry into BJP, saying such "tainted" leaders should not be allowed to be associated with the party.
Speaking to reporters after his induction, Sriramulu said, "...I have returned to the party as per the wish of all senior party leaders, I am here with an intention to make a true patriot (Modi) the Prime Minister of India..." "Country's economic situation has deteriorated; our security is in bad shape... at this juncture we should overcome all our selfish motives and work for the county, and make Narendra Modi our PM. So I have returned to my mother party."
He said he floated his outfit the day he felt his self respect was hurt "but today nothing is more important than the country... we will have to work towards making Modi PM." When reminded that he was opposed by Swaraj whom he used to call mother, he said, "She is like my mother. She will continue to remain so. We will continue to respect her as mother."