No Cabinet berth for Kerala again


Exclusion from the Cabinet has been primarily attributed to the factional feud in the State BJP unit.

Kerala will once again miss the bus when Prime Minister Narendra Modi expands his Cabinet on Sunday.

Unlike last time, the Central leadership of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) did not deem anyone fit for a berth in spite of the State being unrepresented in the Union Cabinet. Two names, former secretary P.K. Krishnadas and State president V. Muraleedharan, were doing the rounds when the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government assumed office in May.

This exclusion from the Cabinet has been primarily attributed to the factional feud in the State unit. The groups led Mr. Muraleedharan and Mr. Krishnadas have been categorically told to concentrate on the upcoming membership campaign in the State rather than eyeing for posts at the Centre.

RSS stance

The Central leadership is completely unhappy with the functioning of the State unit which is at loggerheads with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leadership. A senior RSS ideologue, it is learnt, has already written to Mr. Modi about the state of affairs of the party.

Party president Amit Shah had expressed his displeasure over the factional wars during his visit to the State in September. None of the leaders had been able to convince him about the party emerging as a strong contender to the seesaw political situation in the State.

Leaders from both groups had only to air grievances against each other.

The Central leadership is of the impression that the party in the State is in tatters. The State unit failed to capitalise on the Modi-wave witnessed across the country during the Lok Sabha polls.

Vote share

If at all the BJP had moderately increased its vote share it could be due to the voters’ antipathy towards both the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) and the Communist Party of India-(Marxist)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) in the State.

Previously, the RSS leadership favoured Mr. Krishnadas for the Cabinet slot. But his performance as national secretary was disappointing.

Now he has been given charge of party affairs in the newly-formed State of Telangana, while Mr. Muraleedharan will be considered for a post attached to a board under any Union Ministry. But a status quo would be maintained probably till the organisational polls due next year, party sources said.

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