Thiruvananthapuram: BDJS president Thushar Vellappally is likely to contest in Wayanad if Congress president Rahul Gandhi decides to contest from there. BDJS has also decided to field Thushar in Wayanad instead of Thrissur and there is no need to return their seat to BJP. It is also learnt that this has been intimated to the BJP leadership.
BDJS state committee meeting which was planned in Thrissur on Tuesday has been postponed. Instead, a meeting will be held in Thiruvananthapuram. BDJS will not declare the candidates in Thrissur and Wayanad until a final decision is taken on the Congress candidate in Wayanad.
BJP wishes to have a strong candidate if Rahul contests in Wayanad. They are planning to take back the seat or field a popular candidate from BDJS. Majority demands that a representative inside the party has to be considered. Amid this, BDJS demanded to field Thushar. It is learnt that the demand has been intimated to BJP national president Amit Shah.
BDJS circles have said that they will not return the seat. If Thushar contests from Wayanad, some other candidate will be chosen in Thrissur. SNDP Yogam general secretary Vellappally Natesan has also sought the possibility to field Thushar in Wayanad in close circle. Thushar is interested in Wayanad not due to chance of victory but for receiving national attention.
Though the seat hasn’t been clarified, it is certain that Thushar will contest in the LS polls. He will visit Sivagiri Mutt and Mata Amrithanandamayi Mutt after the meeting in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday. He will also visit Changanassery after reaching Kanichukulangara.
Demand to field BJP candidate in Wayanad
BJP core committee has demanded to field their candidate against Rahul Gandhi in Wayanad. But, the state leadership has said that the final decision should be taken at the national level. The national faction doesn’t believe that Rahul will contest from Wayanad. They have decided that they will act only if it becomes certain. However, the demand raised in the meeting will be intimated to the national leadership. NDA leadership meet will be held in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday.
BJP campaign committee was formed with K Raman Pillai as vice president and MT Ramesh as convenor. CV Ananda Bose is the Joint Convenor. Campaigns will be in new ways. Conventions will be held in all constituencies before March 29. Central minister Nirmala Seetharaman will inaugurate the convention at Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday at 4 pm. PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar’ campaign will be telecasted in 500 centres.
Let Rahul contest if he has courage
Rahul can contest if he has the courage. NDA is prepared to face the challenge. Though the tenth list of Congress has come out, AICC is yet to approve the list in some of the constituencies in Kerala. KPCC president who has cheated the Keralites by stating that he will be a candidate should apologize. It is also a piteous failure of AICC. The national leadership will choose the opposing candidate for Rahul with the permission of BDJS
- Sreedharan Pillai