Muraleedharan faction tightens grip on BJP; setback for Krishnadas faction
Alappuzha: The appointment of B. L. Santosh as BJP general secretary (organisation) will be an achievement for the Muraleedharan faction of the party in Kerala whereas it would be a setback for the Krishnadas faction and state leadership of the RSS.
The new move suggests the possibility of K. Surendran, who belongs to Muraleedharan faction, being the party president after reorganisation of the party. Santosh, who was the secretary (organisation) of south Indian states, had tried his best to make Surendran the state president.
There were allegations that Kummanam Rajasekharan was appointed as Governor of Mizoram as part of this move. Following this, Krishnadas faction and state leadership of RSS had criticised Santosh during a meeting convened in Thrissur.
The leader whom others blamed for his favourable stance towards Muraleedharan faction, has become the national general secretary (organisation). As a leader who has clear idea of the leaders in Kerala, the stands taken by Santosh in state affairs of the party will be crucial. Krishnadas faction is concerned of the situation as many of them openly criticised Santosh.
Santosh knows the names of even the district level leaders and his familiarity will influence the party reorganisation. If the current party president P. S. Sreedharan Pillai is removed from the position, he will be given any other decent positions like governor or member of Human Rights Commission, it is learnt.