Bengaluru, May 7: Within hours after formally resigning from Indian National Congress, former minister Pramodh Madhwaraj today joined Bharatiya Janata Party.
Mr Madhwaraj, who had lost to BJP’s Raghupati Bhat in Udupi constituency in last assembly polls, was inducted into the saffron party in the presence of chief minister Basawaraj Bommai, Karnataka BJP chief Nalin Kumar Kateel among others in Bengaluru.
The mogaveera stalwart had kept himself aloof from the party activities after his poll debacle. There were rumours that he would join BJP. However, until yesterday, he had been refusing the reports of his migration to the saffron party.
Meanwhile, several state and central leaders of the Congress had reportedly tried to convince Madhwaraj to stay in the party and had assured higher position. He was also made the vice president of KPCC very recently.