Bengaluru: Karnataka’s Janata Dal (Secular) party has officially joined the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), according to an announcement by Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) National President JP Nadda on X.
The Janata Dal (Secular), founded by HD Deve Gowda, who served as India’s Prime Minister from June 1996 to April 1997, took this step following a meeting between HD Kumaraswamy, his son, and key NDA figures, JP Nadda and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
Nadda expressed his satisfaction with JD(S)’s decision, extending a warm welcome to them within the NDA through a tweet.
This development follows a recent meeting between HD Deve Gowda, HD Kumaraswamy, Amit Shah, and JP Nadda in Parliament, primarily focused on discussions regarding the alliance between JD(S) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Karnataka for the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
Rumors about this alliance began circulating after Karnataka BJP leader and former Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa hinted at his party’s consideration of partnering with JD(S) for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.
It’s noteworthy that during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, JD(S) was in an alliance with the Congress while concurrently participating in a coalition government in Karnataka, led by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy.