JD(U) Legislator Basavaraj Bommai joins BJP

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Bangalore, Feb 9 (UNI) Senior Janata Dal (United) leader and member of Karnataka Legislative Council Basavaraj Bommai today joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) along with his supporters.

Mr Bommai, son of former Karnataka Chief Minister S R Bommai, was inducted into the party by senior BJP leaders, including former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, National General Secretary Ananth Kumar and State Chief D V Sadananda Gowda.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Bommai said he chose to join the BJP in the interests of the State.

Stating that in the present-day politics, the interests of the common man were ignored, he said ''the politicians talk about secularism and communalism only for their selfish motto.'' Mr Gowda, while admitting Mr Bommai into the party, claimed that a political polarisation is being seen in Karnataka, favouring the BJP.

He described Mr Bommai's induction as an ''important event for the party in the State.'' Mr Yeddyurappa, speaking on the occasion, said it was proposed to hold public meetings at Chitradurga and Hubli as a show of strength.

The party had already nominated over 30,000 members to Booth Committees and was gearing up for the coming Assembly elections in the state, he added.

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