“I have conveyed to Rajnath Singh in writing that BJP must not permit this (BSR merger),” Swaraj wrote on Twitter, adding, “ I am opposed to the BSR alliance or merger with BJP in Karnataka.”
“I am opposed to the BSR alliance or merger with BJP in Karnataka,” Swaraj tweeted on Thursday.
I am opposed to the BSR alliance or merger with BJP in Karnataka. @mukeshirs— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwarajbjp) March 6, 2014
I am opposed to the BSR alliance or merger with BJP in Karnataka. @mukeshirs
In a separate tweet, she wrote, “I am strongly opposed to this (Venod Sharma entry into HJC). I have conveyed my views to Shri Kuldeep Bishnoi.”
After Swaraj’s outburst on Twitter, former Karnataka chief minister DV Sadananda Gowda told reporters that the state unit wanted all former leaders of the BJP to return to add to its strength ahead of the polls.
Sriramulu had announced in Bellary on Wednesday that he would merge with the BJP. The matter is expected to come up for discussion in a meeting of top BJP leaders on March 8.
Swaraj’s patronage to the Bellary brothers — Janardhana, Karunakara and Somashekhara Reddy — has always been a subject of discussion, though she has consistently denied her patronage. Swaraj is apparently miffed at his growing marginalisation in the party and her tweets were seen in the party circle as a muscle flexing exercise to send a message to the party leadership.