BJP and KJP are same, says BS Yeddyurappa

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Bangalore, Oct 20: Former BJP chief minister of Karnataka and currently the chief of Karnataka Janatha Paksha (KJP) BS Yeddyurappa has said that there is no difference between the BJP and KJP in Karnataka, a Times Now report said. On Saturday, Yeddyurappa, who had left the BJP in December last year following a bitter clash with the party's top brass, wrote to BJP patriarch LK Advani about his desire to join the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

In his letter, Yeddyurappa requested Advani to consider an alliance with the KJP and involve it in NDA's programmes. The KJP leader shares an uneasy relation with Advani after the latter openly spoke for his ouster over illegal mining deals during his chief ministership.

The former CM wrote to LK Advani about his desire to join the NDA

However, after a not-so-satisfactory result in the Karnataka assembly polls this year, which saw the Congress making a heavy gain because of the split in the BJP and the rise of Narendra Modi in the national politics, the KJP leadership hinted at inching closer to the BJP.

The 70-year-old Yeddyurappa, a Lingayat strongman, is known to be a close friend of Modi, who is in favour of bringing the former back into the BJP before the next Lok Sabha polls, keeping in mind the Lingayat votebank.

Yeddyurappa also met Subramanian Swamy, who recently merged his Janata Party with the BJP.

Sources in the BJP said the party was considering Yeddyurappa's desire to join the NDA.

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