Ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, the Janata Dal (Secular) has legally merged with the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). After meeting Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi on Friday, former chief minister of Karnataka and JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy made the declaration.
The meeting also included JP Nadda, the president of the BJP, and Pramod Sawant, the chief minister of Goa. JP Nadda, the head of the BJP, expressed his happiness that the JDS has chosen to join the National Democratic Alliance on X, previously known as Twitter. They are cordially invited to join the NDA. This will support PM Narendra Modi’s goal of a “New India, Strong India” and the NDA even more.
“Today formally we discussed about joining forces with the BJP,” Kumaraswamy stated after the meeting. The preliminary topics have been officially explored. No demand has been made (from our end),” according to news agency ANI. He said that if necessary, negotiations on the matter might take place between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and JD(S) patriarch and former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda.
The action was taken in response to senior BJP leader and member of the party’s parliamentary board BS Yediyurappa’s statement that his party would have an agreement with the JD(S) for the next Lok Sabha elections. He said that the action will benefit the BJP in winning 25 or 26 of the total 28 Lok Sabha seats.
Each of the JD(S) and the Congress won one seat. While the BJP won 66 seats, the JD(S) won 19, and the Congress won 135 in the 224-member Assembly elections conducted in May of this year.