Nair votes in Nemom went to UDF, Muslim votes were consolidated, evaluates BJP
Thiruvananthapuram: Cross voting occurred in Nemom, Vattiyourkkavu, Kazhakkoottam and Thiruvananthapuram seats where the NDA had winning probability and the party secured less votes when compared to last time. The party feels that the main reason behind losing Nemom was the consolidation of Muslim votes. The vote share in BJP strongholds too have reduced, it is learnt.
In the stronghold seats too, BJP had lost around 25 to 100 votes in each booths. Even in sitting wards, the vote share has drastically come down. A major chunk of Nair votes in Nemom went to UDF and the Muslim votes went to LDF, according to the evaluation conducted by the state leadership at the district-level meet.
In Vattiyourkavu constituency, where the district president contested, he had managed to secure only the basic votes. The former district president S Suresh who contested the local body polls had obtained even less votes than Rajesh.
When V V Rajesh pointed out that S Suresh was not able to even win from the sitting division of the district panchayat, a tight situation emerged between the leaders. S Suresh who became agitated on hearing this, wanted a detailed discussion to be held on the defeat of BJP. When the differences between the leaders spilled, state president K Surendran had to call for a district- level meeting.
Sobha Surendran did not attend the meeting to discuss the defeat of the party in Kazhakkottam.Meanwhile, there was also an allegation that delay in candidate selection may be one of the reasons for the poll debacle.