Foreign Minister Subhramanyam Jaishankar formally joined the BJP on Monday in presence of the party working president JP Nadda at Parliament House.

The BJP is likely to field Dr Jaishankar from Gujarat as its Rajya Sabha candidate. He has to be a Member of Parliament within six months of being sworn in.

Dr Jaishankar is regarded as a close aide of the Prime Minister and was also known as his “crisis manager” on foreign affairs. He served as Foreign Secretary for three years till 2015 during PM Modi’s first term as Prime Minister, until his retirement in 2018.