“I want to make it absolutely clear that B Sriramulu has been admitted in the party despite my stiff opposition,” Swaraj tweeted on Friday evening.
        
The BJP has decided to field Sreeramalu, a close confidante of the Reddy brothers, from the Bellary Lok Sabha seat.
    
The BJP Parliamentary Board, which discussed the issue at length on Thursday, overruled Swaraj's opposition, clearing the decks for the admission of Sreeramalu but disfavoured the merger of BSR Congress with BJP.

BSR Congress has been keen on merging with the BJP but Swaraj had last week publicly articulated her opposition to the entry of Sreeramalu and Reddy brothers into the party-fold.

She had also written to party chief Rajnath Singh, saying such 'tainted' leaders should not be allowed to be associated with the party.
 
"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.
    
The BJP is ready to give some more seats to leaders coming from BSR Congress. Swaraj's opposition came after Sreeramalu had announced that his party was merging with the BJP two years after he quit the saffron outfit. This came close on the heels of re-entry of former Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa into the BJP.

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