THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Reports of BDJS president Thushar Vellappally getting nominated for Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh have not gone down well with the BJP in the state. BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan and his deputy P. K. Krishnadas are in the dark about Mr Vellappally and others getting accommodated in Union government boards. The top brass feels it's the BDJS that spread the news about Amit Shah informing him of his elevation as a national leader.
Ever since the formation of NDA Kerala unit chaired by Mr Rajasekharan less than two years back, the allies were not happy. Mr Vellappally and his general secretary Subhash Vasu and allies had held several rounds of talks with Mr Shah in New Delhi. SNDP Yogam general secretary Vellappally Natesan had trained his guns at B.L. Santhosh, joint general secretary (organising) for not presenting their long-standing demands before the national BJP leadership seriously.
At the last NDA meeting, they conveyed their strong displeasure. With Chengannur by-election around the corner, the BJP is in damage-control mode. “As far as we know, national leadership has not yet taken such a decision on Rajya Sabha nomination. As and when the national BJP leadership takes a final decision, we will also be kept in the loop”, said Mr Krishnadas. However, another top leader cast aspersions on BDJS for spreading rumours and said it was time to work unitedly for the NDA candidate’s victory in Chengannur. "Hopefully before the by-election, the national leadership would be taking a favourable decision,” he said.