Ordinance against CAA: Dissent fuming in BJP against O. Rajagopal for not voting against


The MLA justified his action stating that he received ample time to explain his stance in the Assembly and hence a walk out was unnecessary.

O. Rajagopal (Mathrubhumi file photo by Akhil E. S.)

Thiruvananthapuram: There are reports of dissent in Kerala BJP against its MLA O. Rajagopal who did not vote against the ordinance opposing the Citizenship Amendment Act, which was passed by the Assembly.

There is opinion within the BJP that Rajagopal should have staged a walk out to record his protest against the ordinance. However, the MLA justified his action stating that he received ample time to explain his stance in the Assembly and hence a walk out was unnecessary.



“There is no need to stage a walk out on each and every matter. Usually, MLAs are allowed one minute to speak in the Assembly. But I was allowed additional time to explain my stance against the ordinance. I am satisfied about being able to explain my stand,” Rajagopal said.

The senior BJP leader observed the CAA will not affect the Hindu community in Kerala like the Sabarimala issue. He said that minorities will not move away from BJP because of CAA.

Rajagopal, the lone BJP MLA in the Assembly, took a neutral stance of supporting, nor opposing the ordinance against CAA. There were reports of dissent in BJP against his stance in the Assembly. It is in this situation that Rajagopal came out with the justification.

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