BJP Eyeing Foothold in State's Coop Sector
KOZHIKODE: BJP is eyeing foothold in the state’s cooperative sector to accomplish its long-cherished mission of opening account in the State Assembly and the Lok Sabha.
Ensuring a decent participation in the State’s cooperative sector, which had spread its wings in almost all walks of life, was one among the key tasks assigned by BJP national president Amit Shah to the state leaders during his recent visit to Kerala. In a bid to achieve this goal, the core committee meeting of the party held in Kozhikode, on Tuesday, chalked out a preliminary plan.
Though Kerala boasts of a strong and effective cooperative movement having deep roots at the grassroots level, BJP’s presence in the sector is poor.
“Active participation in the state’s cooperative sector was one among the agenda listed out by the party president. A primary discussion in this regard was held in the meeting. A comprehensive plan would be formulated soon so that it could give the party an edge in the upcoming panchayat elections as well,” a senior functionary of BJP said.
The core committee meeting discussed the political campaigns, membership programmes and other activities which will be carried out across the state in the run up for the panchayat elections.
BJP state president V Muralidharan, vice-president M T Ramesh, general secretaries K P Sreesan, A N Radhakrishnan and K Surendran and a few former presidents attended.
The meeting also gave a final shape to the marches which will be taken out from Koyilandy and Uduma simultaneously against CPM’s murder politics.
BJP former state president P K Krishnadas will lead the yatra commencing from Koyilandy on September 23 while the march from Uduma will have party state chief V Muraleedharan at the forefront. Both rallies will conclude at Kannur on September 25.
Raising the slogan ‘peace and development,’ the march will cover 19 Assembly constituencies in three Lok Sabha constituencies such as Kasargod, Vadakara and Kozhikode.
“The aim is to instil confidence and courage among the hundreds of people who are deserting CPM and joining BJP in these region. While CPM is trying to stop this erosion of party cadres and loyalists by fomenting fright, BJP aims to ensure the freedom of expression, protect the right to organise and sustain peace in the region to bring in development,” a senior BJP leader said.
BJP state general secretary K P Sreesan, secretary V V Rajan and spokesman V K Sajeevan will participate along with Krishnadas while K Surendran, vice-president M T Ramesh and Yuva Morcha state general secretary Prakash Babu will team up with Muraleedharan.