Major NDA ally in Kerala goes sulking ahead of BJP National Council
- The BDJS is a major ally of the BJP in Kerala.
- The BDJS has the support of a section of Ezhavas, a big caste group in Kerala.
The BJP state leadership is pinning high hopes in the party's National Council meet which is underway at Kozhikode. But ahead of the meet, fissures in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the state have emerged, with the Bharat Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS), a major ally of the BJP, go sulking over 'unkept promises.'
The BDJS, a newly floated political party led by Tushar Vellappally, son of Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam (SNDP) leader Vellappally Nateshan, aired its disappointment in not getting its due even after it contributed immensely to the performance of the NDA in the Assembly Elections in May this year. The party, a rainbow platform of various caste groups and communities, has the support of a big section of Ezhavas, a major caste group in Kerala.
Nateshan told Asianet News that the BDJS workers are dejected as the promises made by the BJP national leadership remain unfulfilled. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had assured that the Kerala Central University would be renamed after Sree Narayana Guru, the spiritual guru who played a key role in Kerala renaissance. But none of these assurances was fulfilled, he said.
Tushar also stated that the party workers are disappointed over unrealised promises. But he dismissed reports that the relations between the BJP and his party are not in good shape. "It is a fact that there is dissatisfaction among party workers. But that doesn't mean that there are problems with the BJP," he clarified.
The BJP leadership also rubbished reports of fissures among the NDA allies in Kerala as 'media creation.'
Meanwhile, sources in the BJP say that the BDJS is putting pressure on the party leadership to gain more perks from the national leadership including posts in central corporations.