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A file photo of BJP’s lotus symbol made by party workers during its foundation day celebration in Ahmedabad. Photo: AP/PTI
A file photo of BJP’s lotus symbol made by party workers during its foundation day celebration in Ahmedabad. Photo: AP/PTI

BJP joins International Democratic Union

Among others, the political parties in the IDU include the Conservative Party of the UK, Christian Democratic Union of Germany, and Republican Party of the US

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) formally joined the International Democratic Union (IDU), a grouping of centre-right parties on Friday during a two-day executive committee (EC) meeting of the body in Colombo. The meeting started on Thursday.

“BJP formally joined IDU, a group of political parties from the democratic world, as a full member at its EC meeting in Colombo. John Key, prime minister of New Zealand and the chairman of IDU, and Ranil Wickremesinghe, prime minister of Sri Lanka and chairman, Asia Pacific Democrat Union (APDU), along with representatives from more than 30 countries welcomed BJP into IDU. Both said the joining of BJP, the largest party from the largest democracy in the world, will strengthen IDU in a significant way," Ram Madhav, BJP general secretary, tweeted.

Among the prominent political parties that are part of the IDU are the Conservative Party of the UK, Christian Democratic Union of Germany, Liberal Party of Australia, National Party of New Zealand, Liberal Democrat Party of Japan, Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, and Republican Party of the US.

The IDU website proclaims that it is a working association of over 80 political parties of the centre and centre-right from over 60 countries.

“Formed in 1983, the IDU provides a forum in which parties holding similar beliefs can come together and exchange views on matters of policy and organisational interest, so that they can learn from each other, act together, establish contacts and speak with one strong voice to promote democracy and centre-right policies around the globe," the website states.

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