Confusion over bypoll candidates; BJP to convene state committee meeting again on Thursday
Thiruvananthapuram: Unable to decide its candidates for the upcoming elections to five assembly constituencies, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will convene its state committee meeting once again on Thursday.
The lack of interest from senior leaders in contesting the bypolls is confusing the BJP. The party will convene its core committee meeting on Thursday morning following which a meeting of party officials will also be held.
A table of three candidates for each of the five constituencies will be prepared. The major agenda is to select the candidates for Vattiyoorkavu, Manjeswaram and Konni constituencies where BJP has high hopes of victory.
Kummanam Rajasekharan reiterating that he is not interested in contesting the bypoll from Vattiyoorkavu is troubling the BJP state leadership.
RSS took the initiative to filed Kummanam Rajasekharan as the BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate in Thiruvananthapuram only for the former Governor of Mizoram to lose by over one lakh votes. But this time, the RSS leadership is not putting any pressure on Kummanam Rajasekharan, it is learned.
In Konni, the BJP may field Shobha Surendran. The party leadership had considered K. Surendran for the constituency. But his lack of interest has now opened the doors for Shobha Surendran.
In Manjeswaram, BJP is looking to field a candidate from within Kasaragod district. Manjeswaram constituency president Satheesh Chandra Bhandari and district president Sreekanth are the two names under BJP’s consideration.