Dr Swamy said he hope to work together and work for the BJP along with his colleagues to see that a new future for India can be built in the coming months
Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy has merged his party with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of the 2014 general elections.
Dr Swamy made the announcement in the presence of BJP president Rajnath Singh, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley and former BJP chief Nitin Gadkari.
After the merger, Dr Swamy said, “I am very pleased that the president of BJP and the leaders of BJP have welcomed me into BJP as a part of the merger process.”
He said the country is passing through “very difficult times” and “This is the time for unity, for national and nationalist purpose...I hope to work together and work for the Bharatiya Janata Party along with my colleagues to see that a new future for India can be built in the coming months.”
Before of the merger, Dr Swamy held discussions with senior BJP leaders at Rajnath Singh’s residence, which accepted the merger of his party in BJP and hoped it will make BJP stronger.
“Dr Subramanian Swamy is national president of Janata Party and he has decided that the Janata Party and BJP should merge. Today, I accept the merger of Janata Party with BJP. I am confident that with Swamy’s joining the BJP and the merger of his party will benefit the BJP...I welcome Dr Swamy in BJP,” Rajnath Singh said after Dr Swamy’s decision.
Singh said Dr Swamy has been a leader of the Jan Sangh earlier and has accepted that it is the need of the hour in national interest to work together and unite.
Dr Swamy has served as member of the Planning Commission and a former Cabinet Minister at the Centre and has been a five-time MP.
Swamy is an ardent proponent of Hindutva philosophy outside the Sangh Parivar and has been active in exposing the 2G Spectrum scam. He recently questioned the Jet-Etihad deal and also raised questions on the ownership of the Indian carrier.
According to the CPI-M, the neo-liberal policies of the UPA government have widened the gap between the rich and the poor and the country is today divided between ‘suffering’ and ‘shining’ India
Expressing concerns over the declining value of rupee and a serious economic situation, the Communist Party of India (Marxist)- CPI(M) has asked the union government to take immediate measures to retrieve the situation.
Expressed serious concern during the zero hour in Lok Sabha, CPI (M) leader Basudeb Acharia said, “Government has failed to check the sliding of the rupee which is now worth over Rs60 per dollar. Inflation in food articles is over 10 per cent and prices of all essential commodities have reached abnormal levels. The situation is serious.”
Livelihood of the people has reached 'precarious levels with one-fourth of the population going to bed in empty stomach. The rate of employment generation has gone down from 2.8% to 0.8%, he said.
“All this is happening because of the wrong policies pursued by the government. The neo-liberal policies have widened the gap between the rich and the poor and the country is today divided between ‘suffering’ and ‘shining’ India,” he said, adding the hike in diesel prices was raising costs, adversely affecting the people.
Acharia demanded that the government “immediately revert all its neo-liberal policies” to retrieve the situation.
The decisions by the CWC and the UPA came after hectic consultations for the last over a week on creation of the 29th state of the country that will have a geographical area of 10 of the 23 districts of undivided Andhra Pradesh
Brushing aside opposition after dithering for nearly four years, the Congress and the UPA coalition on Tuesday unanimously endorsed creation of a separate Telangana state from out of Andhra Pradesh.
“It is resolved to request the Central government to make steps in accordance with the Constitution to form a separate state of Telangana ...within a definite timeframe,” said a resolution of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the highest policy-making body of the party, after over an hour-long meeting.
The Congress also decided to recommend to the government that Hyderabad be made the joint capital of the newly-proposed state and the other regions—Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra—for a period of 10 years.
The momentous decisions by the CWC and the UPA came after hectic consultations for the last over a week on creation of the 29th state of the country that will have a geographical area of 10 of the 23 districts of undivided Andhra Pradesh.
Tuesday’s decision also brings to fruition the announcement made by the then home minister P Chidambaram on 9 December 2009 for creation of Telangana.
Contrary to speculation that the new state could be named Rayala Telangana, including a couple of districts of Rayalaseema, the districts that will be part of the new state will be Adilabad, Karimnagar, Khammam, Mahaboobnagar, Medak, Nalgonda, Nizamabad, Rangareddy and Warangal besides Hyderabad.
At the moment the idea is to have 10 districts in Telangana but it will be for the Group of Ministers to consider demands for inclusion of more areas, AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh, in charge of Andhra Pradesh affairs in Congress, told a press conference after the CWC meeting.
Out of 42 Lok Sabha seats and 294 Assembly seats in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana is likely to have 17 Lok Sabha seats and 119 Assembly seats.
At the CWC meeting, the prime minister said the decision to create a separate Telangana would help entire Andhra region.
Gandhi, who is also the UPA chairperson, gave a historical perspective on the issue to the CWC meeting in which Digvijay Singh moved the resolution. It was adopted unanimously.
Like last weekend, when indications emerged that the Congress was veering towards formation of Telangana, ministers and MPs belonging to the non-Telangana regions made last ditch efforts to convince Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to have a rethink on the issue.
Andhra state, the first entity formed on linguistic basis, was created in 1953 from out of the erstwhile Madras Presidency with Kurnool as the capital. With the passing of the States Reorganisation Act, 1956, there was a merger of Hyderabad state and Andhra state to be called Andhra Pradesh from 1 November 1956. Andhra Pradesh now has a population of over 8.5 crore.
The 2009 announcement, taken at the height of an indefinite fast by TRS leader K Chandrashekhar Rao, had ignited street protests in the non-Telangana regions and opposition from ministers, MLAs and leaders from within the party that forced the central government and the Congress leadership to put the issue on hold.
The Centre held rounds of meetings with all parties from the state and set up a Commission under the chairmanship for Supreme Court Judge Justice Srikrishna, which had given a report suggesting various solutions.
Chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy, who was opposed to the division of Andhra Pradesh and was said to be thinking in terms of resigning, was called for consultations. He attended the UPA meeting.
However, he dismissed reports of resignation as ‘rumours’. Similarly, Congress ministers in the Union government and the MPs gave enough indications that they would follow the party line.