Over 10,000 members left BJP due to internal rift: PP Mukundan

Arun Jayakumar

PP MUkundan | Photo: KK Praveen| Mathrubhumi

Kozhikode: Former BJP state president PP Mukundan on Wednesday claimed that there are several reasons why the saffron party is failing to get a foothold in the state. In a brief conversation with mathrubhumi.com, Mukundan claimed that the rift within the party and the ongoing conflict between senior leaders had led to several loyal members leaving the party.

“There is no cordial understanding between the party leadership. Instead of helping the party grow and spread its ideas, the leaders are fighting each other,” PP Mukundan said. He claimed that he had received information that more than 10,000 workers had recently left the party in Kerala.

“I am not suggesting that K Surendran should be removed from the post of BJP state president. So there is no need to wait for such a change. However, if you look at the assembly election campaign and the subsequent results, he should have stepped down from his role by now. The Kodakara money heist case and the incident in which money was offered to a candidate have influenced the party members to lose their faith in the leadership. Loss of such credibility will cost the leader and the party dearly. However, the party is yet to realise this,” he added.

Mukundan also questioned why the central leadership is failing to take a decisive decision on these issues despite clear indications that ordinary workers are disappointed and leaving the party. The absence of MT Ramesh and Sobha Surendran from the recent BJP committee meeting is also a poor decision as it could send a wrong message to the party workers, he added.

He also criticized the union minister V Muraleedharan and claimed that the state is not receiving any benefit or assistance from him.

Further, he pointed out that compared to the Lok Sabha elections, the vote share of the party in assembly elections was decreased by 3 lakh.

“No one is willing to check how the party had lost its votes. The state leadership has sidelined many young party leaders and this lead to the crisis that we are facing now,” he added.

He also said that no matter how the central government justifies the increase in fuel prices, it is true that the decision has alienated the people from the party. As a result, the vote share of the party has declined considerably during elections all across the country.

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