Kerala Elections: TMC and BJP enter poll fray

RSTV Bureau
File Photo of Kummanam Rajasekharan Kerala BJP President.jpg

File Photo of Kummanam Rajasekharan, Kerala BJP President

In what was generally perceived as a bi-polar contest between left lead LDF and Congress lead UDF, entrance of BJP and TMC is creating a new buzz.

BJP, which is yet to open its account in the Kerala Assembly, has prepared the first list of 22 probable candidates for the May 16 assembly polls.

BJP state President Kummanam Rajasekharan will be making his electoral debut from Vattiyoorkavu in Thiruvananthapuram for the Assembly polls. Former Union minister O Rajagopal will also try his luck from Nemom.

Party key leaders in the state, K Surendran will contest from Manjeshwaram, Shobha Surendran from Palakkad and P K Krishnadas from Kattakada along with 17 others.

BJP presently has no representation in the assembly is making efforts to make its presence felt in the bi-polar polity of Kerala.

BJP, which has not yet won a single seat either to Parliament or the state assembly from Kerala, is hoping to give a tough fight to the two fronts– ruling Congress-led UDF and LDF spearheaded by CPI-M, which have ruled the state alternatively.

It has sewed up an alliance with the Bharath Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS), a new party formed by Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana (SNDP) Yogam, a powerful organisation of backward Ezhava community, led by its General Secretary Vellappally Natesan.

Rajasekharan told reporters that on March 16, the state leaders will be leaving for Delhi for getting the clearance of the central election committee for its candidates list.

Another first-timer in Kerala’s poll fray, Trinamool Congress announced its candidates for 70 Assembly constituencies in Kerala,

Releasing the list in Kochin, TMC’s Kerala state president Manoj Sankaranellur said the party would field its candidates in all 140 Assembly constituencies

Mamata is scheduled to attend election rallies of the party in Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode in April

TMC has two lakh members in Kerala can influence the election results in more than 40 Assembly seats. The party is eyeing on the support of over 15 lakh Bengalis currently working in the state?

“The party would not be able to win a seat in the state. We will emerge as a strong force after five years,” said Manoj.

Mamata Banerjee who released the party’s manifesto said people dissatisfaction in Congress and left draws them close to TMC.

“We want to tell people of Kerala how Congress and CPI (M) are trying to fool them. If they are having an alliance, then they should have it everywhere in the country,” Banerjee said while announcing manifesto in Kolkatta recently.

The main political alliance of Congress and Left are yet to announce their candidates for May 16 polls.