Thiruvananthapuram

BJP unity efforts yet to attain fruition

The allegedly indifferent attitude of the State BJP leadership to bringing back former president K. Raman Pillai and organising secretary P.P. Mukundan into the fold is dampening the spirit of unity in the party, which needs to permeate to the grass-roots level in the run-up to the Assembly elections, say BJP sources.

After exhorting leaders and workers who have either deserted the party or have turned dormant to think of a homecoming, the leadership has chosen to drag its feet over the case of even those who have evinced keen interest to become part of the organisational network, they allege.

Mr. Raman Pillai had been quick to reciprocate to the unity call by announcing a merger of his tearaway Kerala Janapaksham with the BJP. But Mr. Pillai, who had served two terms as State president, 15 years as general secretary, 17 years as national council members and had been in the national executive for five years, has apparently been kept waiting for a fair deal.

When contacted, Mr.Pillai said that he has no intimation till date and has not been made part of the organisational framework so far. Except in Ernakulam district, the Janapaksham workers have not been integrated with the BJP too.

But for BJP State president Kummanam Rajasekharan, none else from the party hierarchy have responded positively to the efforts of Mr. Pillai to return, according to sources. Though rumours were rife that Mr.Mukundan, who still commands considerable clout among ordinary workers, would contest the Assembly elections against a party nominee from one of the segments in Thiruvananthapuram, he has dismissed it all as figments of imagination.

The leadership has been sending feelers to him on unity but has so far not committed itself on his response for an honourable return. A section in the party says the alleged despotic style of functioning of the leadership is the main stumbling block for achieving organisational unity. Ordinary workers, they say, are scared by the treatment meted out to the two senior leaders. However, the party leadership says there are no hindrances to the full-fledged return of either Mr. Pillai or Mr. Mukundan. BJP State spokesperson J.R. Padma Kumar said Mr. Pillai has already started associating with the organisation and has attended meetings. Being a senior leader, the party would soon take a decision on the position that could be accorded to him.

Similarly, there are no hitches on the way for Mr. Mukundan too.

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