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Last Updated Monday April 24 2017 08:02 AM IST

Vellappally's bizarre bet: will grow mustache again if BJP wins Malappuram bypoll

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Vellappally Natesan

Alappuzha: Taking fissures in the BJP-BDJS alliance in Kerala to the public, SNDP Yogam general secretary and BDJS leader Vellappally Natesan on Monday said that a rout is awaiting the saffron party in Malappuram Lok Sabha constituency which will is heading to a bypoll on April 12.

Predicting a thumping victory for UDF candidate P.K. Kunhalikutty in the Muslim League stronghold, Vellappally said he would grow his mustache again if the BJP wins the bypoll.

Vellappally accused the BJP state leadership of conspiring to hijack the BDJS followers to its fold and thus dismantle the party which has the backing of SNDP Yogam.

He said the BJP chose its candidate for Malappuram bypoll without any discussion within the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), in which both the parties are allies.

"There was no consultation with the allies. Hence, the BDJS will not have any responsibility to support the BJP candidate," Vellappally told reporters.

The candidate was announced at a time when the BDJS started expressing its displeasure at BJP for not giving it the top posts offered by the BJP when the alliance was formed ahead of the Kerala Assembly polls.

The BJP has rubbished the allegations and said that the candidate was decided after talks with the BDJS.

Meanwhile, BDJS president and Vellappally's son Thushar Vellappally has exuded confidence that the issues within the alliance will be sorted out soon. He is slated to meet BJP national president Amit Shah in Coimbatore on Monday.

Malappuram bypoll was necessitated with the death of IUML leader E. Ahamed.

The late Ahamed had won the seat with a majority of over 1.94 lakh votes. The IUML has fielded its veteran leader P.K. Kunhalikutty as the UDF candidate and is aiming to take up the victory margin to over 2 lakh votes.

The LDF has fielded DYFI leader M.B. Faizal while BJP's candidate is the party's district vice-president N. Sreeprakash.

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