Slamming BJP state general secretary Shobha Surendran for her comments against Kerala Governor P Sathasivam, Union minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy on Monday said that the saffron party respects constitutional bodies and their decisions.

Speaking at a protest meeting in front of Kerala House in New Delhi on Sunday, Shobha had blasted the Governor for handing over BJP's letter - regarding the murder of RSS worker Choorakkad Biju in Kannur - to Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan. Shobha also stated that Sathasivam should step down from the post if he is afraid of the Kerala CM.

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However, Rudy, the Union minister of state for skill development and entrepreneurship, stressed the Governor acted according to the Constitution and that the BJP has no complaints regarding the same.

“The Governor's action was according to the Constitution. Handing over of the BJP leaders' complaint to the Chief Minister was done according to the norms, and we accept that," Rudy said.

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RSS worker Biju was hacked to death allegedly by CPM activists at Payyanur town on Friday. The BJP leaders in Kerala met Sathasivam on Saturday and gave an official letter seeking immediate action in the case. Senior leaders including O Rajagopal also requested the Governor to impose Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) in Kannur. Sathasivam then forwarded the letter to the CM Pinarayi, asking him to look into the matter immediately.

Apart from Shobha, BJP youth leader MT Ramesh had also put up a Facebook post, criticising the Governor. The BJP central leadership has now rejected Shobha and Ramesh's statements after they snowballed into a controversy.