Discontent brewing in BJP over ticket distribution in Kerala

The release of the party's election logo in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday. Photo: The Hindu

The release of the party's election logo in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday. Photo: The Hindu  

Party State secretary lashes out at the leadership in his Facebook post.

The simmering differences of opinion in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over candidate selection and seat-sharing with its allies are likely to hamper the spirit of a high-voltage campaign envisaged by the party.

According to party sources, a dominant section holds the view that the State leadership has not been able to effectively convince the national leadership of the challenges in having too many celebrities in the candidates’ list and also the need for ensuring the involvement of local leaders who had played a pivotal role in building up the organisation while heading for an election which the party claims to be very crucial.

State secretary A.G. Unnikrishnan has already lashed out at the leadership in his Facebook post and specifically pointed out the lapses in the candidate selection process. He has cited the case of a candidate whom the party has picked up to contest from Konni to prove his point.

But leaders in almost all districts, including Thiruvananthapuram, are aggrieved that the leadership has not spared any effort to identify young leaders or at least dared to experiment with fresh candidates in at least one or two segments in each district. The heavy concentration of State leaders in the capital has come in for criticism. For, many other potential candidates are being forced to wait endlessly to prove their acumen and it has also belied the party’s claims of riding the crest of a popularity wave across the State, sources say.

There are complaints that the State leaders have moved out of their home districts to occupy the safe segments in the capital and those who had been tirelessly working here have been forced to give way for them or move to constituencies where the party has relatively no clout at all.

The decision to allot Kovalam in Thiruvananthapuram and Kodungalloor in Thrissur to the Bharat Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS), ignoring the claim of party men and yielding to the unrealistic claims of even smaller allies, is being cited as a case in point.

While exhorting for unity and bringing together all those who have left the party, many senior leaders who enjoy warm relations with community organisations such as the Nair Service Society (NSS) continue to remain out of the party fold. This would have a bearing on the chances of even the winning candidates, sources say.

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