About 50 workers of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Tholur have defected to the Communist Marxist Party.
They include former BJP district vice-president A.V. Karappakutty, district committee member T. Nandakumar, former general secretary of BJP Mahila Morcha in Kunnamkulam Thankam Madhusoodanan and party activists K.V. Vinod and Sojan Neelankavil.
Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, they alleged that BJP had lost its democratic ideals.