NDA to add Swamy`s Janata Party as ally

NDA decided to add another partner to the alliance by taking in its fold Janata Party headed by Subramnian Swamy.

Updated: Mar 11, 2012, 21:15 PM IST

New Delhi: Seeking to capitalise on the poor
performance of Congress in the Assembly polls, NDA today
decided to add another partner to the alliance by taking in
its fold Janata Party headed by Subramnian Swamy.

The decision to include Janata Party as an ally was taken
at a meeting of NDA floor leaders ahead of the Budget session
at the residence of BJP veteran L K Advani here.
"Swamy was keen to join the alliance and had been meeting
the NDA leaders," senior BJP leader S S Ahluwalia told
reporters after the meeting.

With this addition, the number of NDA allies will rise to
six. The other five constituents of the combine are BJP, JD-U,
Shiromani Akali Dal, Shiv Sena and Ramdas Athawale-led
Republican Party of India (A).
Athawale and Swamy were not part of the meeting as only
floor leaders of the NDA were invited. The two parties have no
representation in Parliament.

PTI