K Surendran takes over as Kerala BJP chief; 50-yr-old firebrand says state party has strength to make 'political leap'
K Surendran, who arrived in the state capital in the morning, was given a rousing welcome by the party workers, before being taken to the headquarters in a road show.
Sabarimala protests: Kerala BJP worker arrested for attacking woman devotee in November 2018, granted bail
VV Rajesh, a functionary of BJP's Kerala unit, was arrested and later granted bail for allegedly assaulting a woman devotee at the Sabarimala temple last year.
Man burns to death in Sabarimala: As protests over SC verdict lose steam, Kerala BJP uses issue to attack Vijayan govt
BJP alleged that the 49-year-old killed himself disheartened with the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government's handling of the Sabarimala issue. Police, however, said that was not the reason.
Hartal in Kerala today: Police says man did not commit suicide because of Sabarimala issue, but due to depression
Calling a statewide strike on Friday over the death, the Bharatiya Janata Party claimed that the man immolated himself protesting the "adamant" stand of the state government, led by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, over the issue of continuing prohibitory orders and restrictions at the Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala.
The meeting also took place a day after Modi had defended his government's economic decisions amid opposition onslaught over slow economic growth.