Thiruvananthapuram: Veteran leader PP Mukundan said that the decision to contest as an independent in the LS polls is not aimed at putting BJP under pressure. Ayyappa devotees in different parties had taken part in the namajapa protest in Sabarimala issue. It is dangerous to think that these persons will vote during election, he said.
Was it able to unite Hindus through the protest in connection with the Sabarimala issue?
There was a strong movement among the Hindus. The only doubt is if the party has used it well. I have the same opinion about the BJP protest at the secretariat. The protest was to be staged at Pathanamthitta. Then, at least the devotees who go to Sabarimala would have seen it. We can’t forget the devotees who took part in the namajapa procession. Not all of them were part of BJP. They were from different parties.
Won’t your decision to contest in Thiruvananthapuram affect the candidate in your party?
The party should think about it. Many people shared their wish that I must contest in the LS polls. I will discuss it with them.
What if you request for a reshuffle in the party?
We don’t need to reconstruct the party, reshuffling is required. The leaders who have been working in the period of Jana Sangh were marginalized. The election will be affected if this disregard isn’t solved. Let new people come. But, old people should also be considered.
What is the hindrance for re-entering the party?
It is the different groups within the party. There should be an attempt to utilize the power of those who have withdrawn from the party. I have never spoken against the party. RSS and party are different. I will never oppose RSS. I have grown through RSS. But, the inefficiency of leadership is disappointing. They have different stances at different times. This has badly affected people’s trust in BJP. I have been staying out for 10 years. I didn’t ask them to reinstate me. They can say if there is any hindrance in reinstating me.