LSG Polls: BJP fails to hit target amid feud between factions

PP Saseendran

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Thiruvananthapuram: BJP has scripted history in this local body polls in Kerala. But, the party leadership is not satisfied with it as the state leadership had promised to set a record in this polls by winning a huge number of seats. Hence, the group war which has recently come to light within Kerala BJP is likely to strengthen in the coming days.

The battle within the party will target the state president K Surendran and his supporter union minister V Muraleedharan.

The internal war was quite evident before the polls. It was alleged that K Surendran and V Muraleedharan tried to protect their group’s interest by neglecting the group of senior leaders.

The feud between V Muraleedharan and PK Krishnadas factions turned a serious matter of concern after Sobha Surendran’s faction joined it.

BJP central leadership is also disappointed with the state leadership as the party failed to hit the target in the polls.

The leadership observed that BJP had the best opportunity in the party's history of last 40 years in Kerala.

BJP’s plan in LSG polls

In 2015, BJP which contested the polls alone, secured seats in 1400 wards and won power in 18 panchayats. But they lost power in 5 panchayats later.

But this time, BJP had eyed more than four-fold seats. They also craved power in Thrissur and Thiruvananthapuram corporations. The state leadership had given such a picture to the central leadership about the local body polls.

The BJP groups which oppose K Surendran faction, alleged that the party failed to promote Narendra Modi government’s public welfare plans among the voters.

Meanwhile, K Surendran alleged that LDF and UDF were hand in glove with the communal forces to sabotage BJP’s victory in the polls.

Though his explanation can be justified, it will not settle the group war within the party.

Apart from solving the group war, this poll results will turn a weapon against Surendran’s leadership. Krishnadas and Sobha Surendran factions have demanded to summon a state committee and office bearers’ meet immediately.

They have demanded to remove Surendran from the president post and elect a leader who is able to coordinate with all members irrespective of groups.

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