Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy on Sunday formally merged his outfit with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of the 2014 general elections to put up a strong fight against the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA), thus joining the main opposition party of India himself.
Merging with the BJP, Swamy in the presence of BJP president Rajnath Singh said it is time to close ranks.
“We welcome him in our fold,” said Singh, adding that the move would benefit BJP greatly.
“He decided that Janata Party and BJP should merge. I accept him in our fold. We believe that it will be beneficial for BJP. He has been a Jansangh leader and he now things that for the sake of country all should come close,” said Singh.
Swamy said he is thankful to BJP for accepting him. He has been the sole MP of Janata Party in Parliament.
“I am very pleased that the president of BJP and leaders of BJP welcomed me as a part of the merger process. The country is passing through a difficult time and it is time to unite for the national purpose,” said Swamy.