New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday welcomed former Jharkhand chief minister Babulal Marandi as his party JVM(P) merged with the BJP.Also Read - Shaheen Bagh Protesters Return to Their Tent After Police Stopped Them From Marching to Amit Shah’s Residence

“I am delighted Babulal Marandi has returned to the BJP; I was working for his return since 2014,” Home Minister Amit Shah said at the merger event of the JVM(P). Also Read - Anti-CAA Protesters Begin March from Shaheen Bagh to Amit Shah’s Residence Despite Denial of Permission

While addressing the gathering at the event in Ranchi, Amit Shah said Babulal Marandi has now joined the BJP as per the wish of the people of Jharkhand. The Home Minister also assured the tribal leader that he will get due respect and responsibility in the BJP. Also Read - Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren Expands Cabinet, 7 New Ministers Take Oath

“I have been trying to bring Babulal Marandi into BJP since I was made BJP chief in 2014. Someone rightly said that he is quite stubborn. We couldn’t persuade him easily. He has now joined BJP as per the wish of the people of Jharkhand,” he added.

During the vent, the Home Minister also raised the Ayodhya issue and withdrawal of special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir. “PM Narendra Modi ensured Kashmir becomes an integral part of India forever by scrapping articles 370 and 35(A),” he added.

A chief minister of Jharkhand from November 2000 to March 2003 and a four-time MP, Marandi had gradually drifted away from the BJP and launched his own outfit– Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) in 2006.

“While being in opposition, the BJP will support public welfare schemes of the Jharkhand government. But we will oppose attempts of encouraging Naxalism, terrorism and corruption. We will fight against these issues in and outside the Assembly,” Amit Shah added.