Thiruvananthapuram: Former BJP state president P. S. Sreedharan Pillai will be the NDA candidate for the Chengannur Assembly by-election. This was decided at a meeting of the NDA held here on Wednesday. But BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan did not announce his name at the press conference held later.
At the meeting attended by Mr B. L. Santhosh, joint general secretary (organising), the NDA allies, including Bharat Dharma Jana Sena, expressed their disappointment over national president Amit Shah giving them false promises on various board appointments.
The Janadhipatya Rashtreeya Sabha, the Kerala Congress led by P. C. Thomas and JSS led by Rajan Babu were unhappy with the BJP for sidelining them. An NDA leader told DC that Santhosh agreed to settle the allies’ demands before the by-election.
“Santhosh will facilitate a meeting between Amit Shah and the NDA allies before the by-election,” he said. The NDA Alappuzha district meeting will be convened on Monday when an action plan to ensure the victory of the NDA candidate will be chalked out. The NDA’s constituency-level meeting will be held at Chengannur on March 4.
The meeting here was also attended by BJP national executive committee members P. K. Krishnadas and V. Muraleedharan and state general secretary M. Ganesh.