THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: BJP national president Amit Shah has tightened his grip on the state unit and told the Kerala counterparts that the state core committee meeting has to be held under his aegis. This decision, considered as a setback to the state RSS leadership, was taken at the marathon state BJP core committee meeting held in New Delhi on Tuesday. The state BJP leaders have been sore with the RSS leadership for interfering in the internal party matters and turning BJP booth committees into RSS shakhas.
With Mr Amit Shah in control of the core committee meeting, the state RSS counterparts will not be able to take an active role in it. BJP sources told DC that the core committee meeting will have to be held every month without fail. “The state leadership will have to send the working committee report of the core committee meeting to Amit Shah. Also, the general secretaries will have to directly report to Amit Shah,” said a BJP source. Currently, there are four general secretaries – Sobha Surendran, M. T. Ramesh, A. N. Radhakrishnan and K. Surendran.
There are two more general secretaries who are RSS nominees – M. Ganesh and K. Suhash. Mr Amit Shah has also asked state BJP president Kummanam Rajasekharan to ensure appropriate placements to the displaced BJP leaders. There have been widespread complaints against the state BJP leadership from the district-level BJP leaders who have been excluded from holding any responsible party posts.