BJP’s Kerala President Ok. Surendran confronted a barrage of criticism on the core committee meet on Sunday – the primary after the occasion’s washout within the April 6 Meeting elections and because it faces warmth over the Thrissur “cash heist”.
The core committee has all of the 4 state Normal Secretaries as members, together with all former state chiefs. With the state occasion is split into factions headed by Union Minister V. Muraleedharan, and former state chief P.Ok. Krishnadas, the assembly was stormy.
BJP sources mentioned that within the assembly, Krishnadas, state Normal Secretaries A.N. Radhakrishnan and M.T. Ramesh got here out closely towards Muraleedharan and Surendran, saying the state management failed in arriving at a consensus with all and this was the primary cause for the drubbing the occasion had confronted within the elections.
One other cost was that the candidate choice course of was opaque and the state management did not subject correct candidates, resulting in the wipeout. The BJP had drawn a clean within the 2021 Meeting elections, even shedding the Nemom seat it had gained in 2016.
The rival faction raised the allegations levelled by BSP candidate Ok. Sundara, who had withdrawn his nominations from Manjeswar Meeting constituency from the place Surendran contested, telling the media that he was given Rs 2.5 lakh and a smartphone to drag again. He mentioned that he was additionally supplied Rs 15 lakh, a house, and a wine parlour in Karnataka if Surendran wins.
Surendran and Muraleedharan, nevertheless, contended that the occasion candidates had been finalised in the perfect pursuits of the occasion. Additionally they mentioned Surendran was under no circumstances concerned within the cash heist.
The state BJP is underneath strain after RSS employee Dharmarajan registered a criticism at Kodakara police station group of individuals had attacked him after blocking his automotive on April three — days earlier than polling — and looted an quantity of Rs 25 lakh from him.
Police arrested a number of recognized criminals, and throughout the course of the investigation, BJP youth wing’s former state treasurer Sunil D. Naik’s identify additionally surfaced. Naik was a detailed affiliate of Surendran and the case changed into a serious matter of debate after interrogation of the arrested folks led to unearthing of greater than Rs 1 crore.
Police questioned BJP state Normal Secretary, Organisation and senior RSS chief M. Ganeshan, and occasion state Workplace Secretary, G. Gireeshan. Sources additionally mentioned that Surendran’s son Harikrishnan would even be questioned within the days to return.
On Sunday earlier than the core committee assembly, senior BJP chief and former state President Kummanam Rajashekhran advised the media that the BJP won’t enable focusing on of Surendran.
“The CPI-M and the Kerala media is focusing on BJP and Ok. Surendran, and this vilification is the victimization of the BJP and its President,” he mentioned. Muraleedharan additionally advised media that the CPI-M is making an attempt to tarnish the picture of the occasion. The core committee determined to return out towards the CPI-M-led state authorities for the “false expenses” being made towards the BJP.
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