Thiruvananthapuram, March 15: The Bharat Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS), a BJP’s strongest ally in Kerala announced that it would not support the saffron party in the upcoming Chengannur by-election to protest against the BJP’s failure to fulfill its demands.
The BDJS is the political arm of the SNDP, which works for the backward Ezhava community. It was established in 2015 and secured 4.47 per cent votes in 2016 in the state’s Assembly elections.
Addressing media after a party meeting on Wednesday, BDJS president Tushar Vellapally said that they had decided not to cooperate with the BJP in the Chengannur by-election as and when it is announced, news agency IANS reported.
“We have also decided to call a meeting of all the allies of the NDA barring the BJP. We are pained that a section of the state BJP has spread baseless rumours that I am going to be chosen by the BJP national leadership to contest the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls,” he asserted.
“I never ever said that I am going to contest for the Rajya Sabha. I will make an official complaint to the national BJP leadership”, Vellapally added.
He pointed out that his party would now on cooperate with the BJP only after its demands were addressed.
“When the BJP contested the 2011 Assembly polls from Chengannur, it got just 6,000 votes. Their tally went past 40,000 in 2016 and that was because of our strong base,” he said.