"I have decided to rejoin BJP because people of the country want to see Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister," he said after the BSR Congress' executive committee and workers meeting. (JPN)
The BSR Congress' decision comes close on the heels of merger of Karnataka Janata Paksha of former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa with BJP, which is keen on avoiding a split in votes having learnt a bitter lesson in the May Assembly polls last year, which saw it being reduced to a third position in percentage of votes secured.
The BJP had won 19 of the 28 Lok Sabha seats in the 2009 polls, followed by Congress that bagged six seats and JDS which managed to register a win in only three seats.
Sriramulu said his return was without any pre-conditions, adding BJP leaders Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj and Nitin Gadkari had agreed to it.
Sriramulu, who left the BJP in November 2011 and formed his own outfit, was once a close aide of mining baron Janardhana Reddy, now in jail in Andhra Pradesh in an illegal mining case.
He had earlier ruled out merger or alliance with BJP and said it would contest five Lok Sabha seats. BSR Congress had won four seats in the Assembly polls in May last year.
Sriramulu said, if given a chance, he was ready to contest as the BJP candidate from Bellary.
"I have decided to rejoin BJP because people of the country want to see Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister," he said after the BSR Congress' executive committee and workers meeting.