New Delhi: The BJP on Friday appointed Hindutva hardliner Kummanam Rajasekharan, as the chief of the party’s Kerala unit, reports Indian Express.
However, a section of BJP leaders feel that the appointment of Rajasekharan, who is known for his inflammatory speeches, would impede the party’s attempts to emerge as an alternative to the CPM-led LDF and the Congress-led UDF in Kerala.
Rajasekharan’s elevation may trigger a minority wave in the favour of LDF or UDF, feel these leaders.
The BJP has so far looked to consolidate Nairs, Ezhavas and section of Christians with an eye on the upcoming polls. But with Rajasekharan at the helm, the party may find it tough to get support from Christians.
The BJP is also trying to forge an alliance with Kerala Congress (Mani) which could now be in jeopardy, says the report. The party has a strong Christian base.
Rajasekharan was backed by VHP, while R Balashankar, former editor of Organiser, was supported by the RSS.