BJP will emerge as a strong third force in Kerala: State party chief
Former RSS pracharak and Kerala BJP chief Kummanam Rajasekharan’s speaks to HT about the party’s campaign strategy and its prospects in the electionKerala 2016 Updated: Apr 19, 2016 12:30 IST
Former RSS pracharak Kummanam Rajasekharan’s (63), a hardliner, elevation to the post of Kerala BJP chief was a surprise. Though he worked with various sister organisations of Sangh for 40 years, he was never a BJP functionary. But in few months of his elevation, he succeeded in carving out a space for BJP in the state. He spoke to HT about the party’s campaign strategy and its prospects in the election. Excerpts:
Will the BJP end its long political drought in the state?
We will not only open account in the assembly but also get a number of seats to emerge as a strong third force. For the first time the state is witnessing a strong three-corned contest in over 40 seats.
You are a known hardliner? Are you planning a Hindu consolidation to reap benefits?
We are not after Hindu votes alone. Christians and Muslims are also joining us. Development of all sans any appeasement is our strategy. If am a hardliner, how do I maintain good relations with church heads?
What will be your strategy to end political isolation in Kerala?
Look people are tired of two dispensations that ruled the state for 60 years. They are desperately looking for a change, a third force. Though the state made some advances in social sector its biggest export continues to be its people. We are losing manpower because we don’t have any opportunity. What is the present condition of the state that started the country’s first IT park? We have to depend upon our neighbour for agricultural produce. Both fronts that ruled the state is responsible for the sorry state. We will also highlight the Modi government’s performance in a big way.
CPI(M) leaders often say there is a secret understanding between BJP and Congress?
It is ridiculous. Congress and CPI(M) are friends in Bengal. How can you be friends in one state and foes in other? People will realize their double standard and act accordingly. It is Kerala’s turn to dump the outdated ideology of communalism. Solar to bar, the state has never seen such a corrupt regime.
Your opponents say BJP is willing to give seats to anyone?
It is not right. Sreesanth was in touch with the party. And CK Janu is an influential leader among tribals and Dalits. And our understanding with BDJS (party of backward Ezhavas) will fetch us good dividends.