In a bid to further strengthen the BJP in Kerala and to start its preparations for the next Lok Sabha polls in advance, party national president Amit Shah will directly monitor the affairs of the party in the state. Party state general secretaries will also be given more powers and operational freedom.

 

The decision was taken at a workshop of top party leadership and state leaders at New Delhi the other day. Apart from the discussions at the workshop, Shah also made separate parleys with leaders of state units, including Kerala, where the party is weak and where it is facing organizational problems.
 

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There were complaints that state president Kummanam Rajashekharan bypassed party leaders while taking crucial decisions including the restructuring of district committees. Hence, Shah decided to give more operational freedom and powers to state general secretaries K Surendran, Shobha Surendran, A N Radhakrishnan and MT Ramesh. These leaders will have the opportunity to discuss organizational matters and political issues directly with the national president.

 

The BJP will start its unofficial campaign for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in advance and will give charge of 20 LS seats in Kerala to 20 senior leaders.    

 

To give a boost to the prospects of the party in Kerala where it significantly increased its vote share in the Assembly polls in May this year, the BJP will hold its National Executive meeting at Kozhikode in North Kerala by the end of September. The National Executive, which will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with other senior leaders, will chart out its plans for the upcoming Assembly polls in states including Gujarat, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.