Karnataka's Janata Dal (Secular) party is now part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) National President JP Nadda announced the move on X, formerly known as Twitter.
Janata Dal (Secular) was formed by HD Deve Gowda, who served as the prime minister of India from June 1996 to April 1997. Kumaraswamy, his son, met JP Nadda and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
"I am happy that JD(S) has decided to be a part of National Democratic Alliance. We wholeheartedly welcome them in the NDA," Nadda said in a tweet.
The move comes a day after HD Deve Gowda and his son HD Kumaraswamy met Amit Shah and JP Nadda in Parliament. The meeting was held to discuss the alliance between JD(S) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Karnataka for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
Speculations of this alliance first surfaced, after Karnataka BJP leader and former chief minister BS Yediyurappa indicated that his party was considering an understanding with the JD(S) for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
The JD(S) was in an alliance with the Congress during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. At the time, both parties were jointly running a coalition government in Karnataka under the leadership of Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy.
Sources earlier said that the JD(S) will contest in four Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka, which has a total of 28 constituencies.