Kerala assembly election 2016: UDF and LDF's efforts to keep us out are detrimental for state, claims BJP

Thiruvananthapuram: The traditional rival fronts in Kerala are engaged in playing adjustment politics to keep the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) out, state party president Kummanem Rajasekheran said on Wednesday.

Addressing reporters, Rajasekheran said the party does not fear an electoral defeat in the upcoming polls because of the unholy alliance between the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) and the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF).

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

"People are seeing everything... what's happening between these two fronts in Kerala to see that we are kept out. But this is going to be a setback for the state," said Rajasekheran.

The BJP as yet has no presence in the 140-member Kerala assembly, and is determined to open its account in the 16 May state assembly elections. As part of it, it is finalising seat sharing arrangements with the newly formed politically party - Bharat Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS), floated by Hindu Ezhava leader Vellapally Natesan.

"We are engaged in the final round of talks with BDJS and we are also speaking to like-minded parties who wish to be part of the NDA. Within 10 days, we will finalise our list of candidates," the BJP leader said.

Over the years, the BJP has been making all efforts to break the electoral jinx. In the 2011 assembly polls, its candidates ended up in runner-up positions in three constituencies.

The BJP fears that the rival fronts are keen to ensure that the party does not open its account and hence at places where it is strong, they will make electoral adjustments.


Updated Date: Mar 09, 2016 15:45 PM

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