It seems that the state BJP is poised to plunge into severe crisis with the factional feuds raising its ugly head again and party’s state-level leaders washing dirty linen in public.
With the national executive member Sobha Surendran’s missive to the national leadership citing ‘’lapses’’ of the state leadership in handling the rebels’ issue in Kannur and preventing them from joining the CPM, the factional feud has once again spilled over to the streets.
Her criticism against the unilateral announcement of K Surendran’s candidature for the Lok Sabha elections from the Kasargod constituency also has added fuel to the fire.
There are reports that parallel forums have been set up by Bharatiya Janata Party rebels at Palakkad, Thrissur and Kottayam districts, taking a cue from the rebels in Kannur.
In the background of Namo Vichar Manch in Kannur had functioned as a platform for the rebels to level charges against the leadership before making an exodus to the CPM, the new outfits in the various districts are expected to go on the offensive against the V Muralidharan camp in the party.
However, Muralidharan tried to interpret the announcement of former national president Venkaiah Naidu at Kasargod the other day, as just a pat for Surendran.
“No candidate has been announced for any constituency in the state. What Venkiah Naiduji had said was Surendran could be a good candidate and such candidates have good prospects to win’’ Muraldiharan said here.
Sobha Surendran had pointed out that the announcement of the candidature should have been made only after scrutiny of the election committee.
RSS Stand Puzzling
Meanwhile, the inert stand adopted by the RSS leadership has added confusion to the followers of the Sangh Parivar.
Speaking to ‘Express,’ a close associate of the RSS think-tanks in the state, on condition of anonymity, said what was being witnessed was an unprecedented turf war between Bharatiya Janata Party and RSS satraps.
“The Sangh leaders in Kannur did not want the BJP leadership’s intervention to settle the rebel issue.
They had been adamant to see that leaders like O K Vasu and A Ashokan go out even if it meant their joining the CPM’’ he revealed.
‘’Whatever be the open postures of the leaders of RSS and Bharatiya Janata Party, it has come to the notice that involvement of some of the Bharatiya Janata Party and RSS leaders in quarry and real estate business and their playing role of middlemen and brokers in such business had vitiated the situation in Kannur,’’ he further said.
Similar situations have surfaced in various districts reflecting the depths to which the Sangh Parivar outfits and Bharatiya Janata Party have sunk.
CPM Workers to Join BJP
Meanwhile, the announcement of a group of CPM workers at Vellanad area in Thiruvananthapuram has become a morale- booster to the BJP leadership.
Speaking to ‘Express’, party district president S Suresh said they would be giving membership to around 10,000 new members before the giant rally to be addressed by Narendra Modi.
‘’We are bringing in over 150,000 workers for the rally from the district.
We will extend special invitation to hotel workers and domestic helps to attend the rally. It is symbolic of referring to Narendra Modi’s humble beginnings as a tea vendor’’ Suresh pointed out. When contacted, Krishnakumar, former CPM area committee member and president of the Vellanad Service Cooperative Bank, who has decided to join BJP, said there would be 100 party card holders among the 300 people joining the BJP.
‘’No more the CPM’s gimmick of branding the BJP communal will work. With me there are 25 Muslim members and 75 people belonging to the Nadar community joining BJP’’ he claimed.