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BJP denies reports of Centre’s intervention in party’s state unit

Faced with severe pressure from the Central leadership, the state leadership of the BJP has started closing ranks burying all differences.

Published: 15th September 2017 01:55 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th September 2017 11:26 AM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Faced with severe pressure from the Central leadership to put its acts together to make a  perceptible change in the state, the state leadership of the BJP has started closing ranks burying all  differences. However, the leaders of two major groups in the state unit led by V Muralidharan and P K Krishandas have denied reports of central leadership inducting someone from outside on the state leadership.

There were reports that central leadership had plans to induct some low-profile insiders of Sangh Parivar outfits as spokesmen and state secretary. Also there were reports that facing the threat of further losing the ground the two major groups were burying feuds and closing ranks. However, national executive member V Muralidharan told ‘Express’ the reports of  inducting people from outside and holding mediation to bury factional feuds were totally baseless.

‘First of all, no such groups exist in the BJP as in the CPM or the Congress. Being a democratic party, there may be differences of opinion and different approaches on various issues among the leaders. That does not mean that we need mediators to bury the differences if any,” he said. On the reports of inducting some low profile Sangh Pariwar leaders in the state BJP, he said he had no knowledge the Central leadership was trying to kick out its state leaders. Muralidharan said there were some interpretations that state president Kummanam Rajasekharan would get a Cabinet berth.

But when the propaganda unleashed by vested interests did not click, they are trying to spread lies. He said such people had no idea about Narendra Modi and Amit Shah’s plan for Kerala. Another national executive member P K Krishnadas told ‘Express’ there was no  serious difference of opinion among its leaders.

“Those who write about the group activity and mediation to bury differences should understand that  all the so-called group leaders were core committee members and they meet twice a month and sit for hours to discuss various issues.Some vested interests are planting stories in the media to discredit us. It has no basis and it will not in any way affect our morale.

In fact we have stepped up our work in the last few weeks. The reports of  imposing outsiders on the state leadership was a figment of imagination,” he said. Denying the report, P S Sreedharan Pillai who had reportedly been entrusted  along with state general secretary A N Radhakrishnan to talk to the group leaders pooh-poohed the reports. “There is no need for anyone’s mediation to make our leaders talk to each other. There is no basis to such reports,” he said.


V Muralidharan told ‘Express’ the reports of  inducting people from outside and holding mediation to bury factional feuds were totally baseless



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