Thiruvananthapuram: The BJP is riven with claims and counter-claims for seats despite the efforts made by national general secretary P. Muralidhar Rao to settle the matter.
A tug of war is going on between state president P. S. Sreedharan Pillai and general secretary K. Surendran over Pathanamthitta seat.
The RSS state leaders have also intervened to find a solution. Sreedharan Pillai and former Mizoram governor Kummanam Rajasekharan will reach New Delhi on Saturday for talks with the central election committee. The list will be announced on Monday or Tuesday.
“Just because the Left had announced their candidates does not mean that we should follow their strategy. We have internal democracy and will announce the candidates at the appropriate time,” Muralidhar Rao had told DC on Wednesday.
Surendran’s mentor, V. Muraleedharan MP, may protest if Surendran is not given Pathanamthitta. Surendran had spent more than a month in jails over the Sabarimala issue. Sreedharan Pillai is keen on contesting from Pathanamthitta due to his proximity to all communities, especially NSS leadership.
“Sreedharan Pillai wants to encash on the Sabarimala issue. But the central leadership will select the best candidate for Pathanamthitta. However, the intervention of the RSS leadership is crucial,” said a BJP source....