BJP activists arrived at Palarivattom police station to extend support to PC George, who was taken under custody on grounds of hate speech case
Kochi: Following the Thrikkakara by-election, BJP camp evaluated that the efforts taken for supporting PC George ended up in failure. During the last phase of Thrikkakara election campaign, the party leadership shifted focus to Janapaksham leader PC George to backlash the LDF- led government and to gain support of a section of Christian voters here. However, it only paved way to lose a considerable number of votes of the party, opined a section of BJP activists.
State president K Surendran, Union Minister V Muraleedharan and senior leader Kummanam Rajasekharan extended their unconditional support to PC George in the hate speech case and led protest marches against police and Pinarayi government. The leaders now remarked that though BJP had laboured for PC George, the benefits were received by UDF in the election.
Former spokesperson of Syro Malabar church Father Paul Thelekkat slammed BJP’s decision to support PC George in view of the by-election. BJP should realise that the public has sense.
The BJP leaders and the candidate AN Radhakrishnan found time to visit church leadership before election. The leaders were expecting a total of 20,000 votes for BJP this time by adding 5,000 additional minority votes along with the 15,000 votes obtained last year. In contrast, there was only decline in the vote share of BJP in the Christian-dominated regions.