Thiruvananthapuram

BJP plans strategic ties

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is gearing up to gain power in all local bodies where it has emerged as a pivotal player by enlisting the support of the United Democratic Front (UDF) allies which were locked in a friendly contest with the Congress and the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) in the elections.

The first step in this score was made by striking a regional understanding with elected members of the Kerala Congress(M) at the grama panchayats in Kottayam and Ernakulam districts, where it would be mutually beneficial to them.

After the 2010 elections, the party had taken a firm stance that it would not attempt to secure power without a clear majority. But on increasing its tally from 473 to 1,244 seats in the recent elections, the party has resolved to adopt a more pragmatic approach and share power with all parties, except the CPI(M), Congress and IUML.

The refusal to share power after winning a significant number of seats, party sources said, would be seen as a negation of the election verdict and may even be deemed as the party’s bid to shirk responsibility entrusted by the public.

Regional strategies have also been worked out with an eye on the ensuing Assembly elections. For instance, the BJP is planning to support the single largest party, the CPI(M), in Kasaragod district panchayat, one of its strongholds in the State. If the CPI(M) turns down the offer of support, the party would launch a campaign saying that the CPI(M) had stymied its attempt to keep the IUML away from power, sources said.

The BJP would also field candidates for the Mayoral elections in Thiruvananthapuram and Thrissur Corporations and may also become members of the standing committees where it has a significant presence. Being part of the governance is expected to increase its clout and also improve its prospects in the Assembly elections.

But the regional alliance with the Kerala Congress (M) has already brought the differences of opinion in the party to the fore. While State president V. Muraleedharan was in favour of the alliance, national executive member P.K. Krishnadas opposed the move. The new strategy may trigger a war of words among the leaders in the coming days.

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