THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Scripting a new chapter in Kerala’s bipolar political history, SNDP Yogam general secretary Vellappally Natesan has floated a new political outfit ‘Bharath Dharma Jana Seva’ with ‘folded hands’ symbol and an open declaration that it would fight for equality among different sections of people. Even while giving wings to the third front ambitions in Kerala, Vellappally made it abundantly clear that the new party is not aimed at establishing a Hindu rashtra.
At the grand culmination of his Samatwa Munnetta Yatra from Kasragod to the capital, Vellappally announced the new political party in the presence of tens of thousands of supporters who thronged Shanghumukham beach, braving heavy rain since Saturday morning, by waving the white and maroon party flag.
Though an array of prominent community and religious leaders were present, former ISRO chief G Madhavan Nair, patron of the yatra, was conspicuous by his absence. None of the BJP leaders was present at the culmination of the yatra. Vellappally said the party does not aim to establish a ‘Hindu country’ but to ensure equality among all sections in society. The secularism propagated by mainstream political parties is fake, he said.
Vellappally unleashed a scathing attack on Opposition Leader V S Achuthanandan. ‘’Achuthanandan is misusing the Opposition Leader’s post. He spends public money to fight corruption cases. The only case he won was against former minister R Balakrishna Pillai but the duo are brothers now,” he said.
Vellappally also flayed KPCC president V M Sudheeran. Sudheeran’s leadership will be suicidal for the Congress party, he said. The camaraderie of both the fronts was evident from the united opposition to his yatra, he said.
He urged the Centre to form a committee to study the living conditions of the majority communities on the model of the Sachar Committee. The financially backward among the forward classes should be given reservation, he said. He said the the welfare schemes in the state were disproportionate and in favour of minority communities, the Christians and Muslims.