BJP organisational polls: RSS will intervene if tussle for state chief’s post intensifies
Thiruvananthapuram: The state wing of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will witness organisational polls from Wednesday. The in-party election comes at a time when leaders of the saffron party are vying for the post of state president.
The in-party elections have started on the day of Thiruvonam to find the new state chief in December. New office bearers will take charge by December 15. Though various groups are vying to secure the president’s post for its leader, the BJP central committee and RSS will have the final decision.
Union Minister and former state president V. Muraleedharan and his supporters are trying to make K. Surendran the BJP state president. Meanwhile the P. K. Krishna Das group is trying to make M. T. Ramesh the state chief. If the group tussle intensifies, RSS will intervene. Meanwhiel, K. Surendran has started approaching leaders to secure the party state president’s post.
The booth level elections which start on Wednesday will be completed by September 30. The constituency level elections will be held between October 11 and 30. District level elections will be held between November 11 and 30.
Chances and possibilities
Sitting state general secretary and has the backing of V. Muraleedharan group.
M. T. Ramesh
Sitting state general secretary and has the backing of P. K. Krishna Das group.
P. S. Sreedharan Pillai
The sitting state president may be asked to continue if the group tussle continues and RSS decides to ensure safety first.
M. S. Kumar
Could be the choice if RSS decides that a fresh face would solve the group tussles within the party. Strong connection with NSS and approval among leaders and workers will also work in Kumar’s favour.
The former Governor of Mizoram, who failed in the Lok Sabha polls, has not been given any new posts in the party. Some party workers and leaders want him to be the party state president.