The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) now includes the Janata Dal (Secular) party from Karnataka. JP Nadda, national president of the BJP, made the announcement on X, formerly known as Twitter.
HD Deve Gowda, who led India as prime minister from June 1996 to April 1997, founded the Janata Dal (Secular). His son Kumaraswamy met JP Nadda and Amit Shah, the Union Home Minister.
“I am happy that JD(S) has decided to be a part of the National Democratic Alliance. We wholeheartedly welcome them in the NDA,” Nadda said in a tweet.
After meeting Amit Shah and JP Nadda in Parliament the day prior, HD Deve Gowda and his son HD Kumaraswamy made the decision. The purpose of the meeting was to talk about the planned alliance between the JD(S) and the BJP in Karnataka for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
After former chief minister and Karnataka BJP leader BS Yediyurappa said his party was mulling a deal with the JD(S) for the 2018 Lok Sabha elections, rumours of this alliance initially started to circulate.
In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the JD(S) and the Congress formed an alliance. Under the direction of Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, both parties were then jointly in charge of a coalition administration in Karnataka.
The JD(S) will run for four of Karnataka’s 28 Lok Sabha seats, according to earlier reports from sources.
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Source: India Today