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Karnataka: JD-S leader joins BJP
December 13, 2007 22:19 IST
In a short in the arm for the Bharatiya Janata Party's Karnataka unit, former minister and senior Janata Dal � Secular leader G T Devegowda joined the saffron party on Thursday.
Gowda, who opposed the leadership of former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda and his son, former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, was the first to walkout from the JD-S along with his supporters.
Senior leader Yashwant Sinha, in-charge of party affairs in Karnataka, welcomed Gowda, who hails from the dominant Vokkaliga community, into the party.
Speaking on the occasion, Sinha hailed Gowda's induction, saying, "It will be a harbinger to the formation of government by B S Yeddyurappa in Karnataka."
Maruthi Rao Pawar, another JD-S leader, also joined the BJP on the occasion.
For Pawar, it was his re-entry into the party, as he quit the saffron party in 1999 on being denied a ticket and joined the JD-S.