Thiruvananthapuram: BJP central leadership has been seeking the opinion of people who have connections with various Parivar outfits in the state to transform the state unit in to a winning party. Fervent discussions have been held with party central leadership and leaders of Parivar and related outfits on ways to save BJP in the state which is running in to scams after scams, seriously denting its image.
Recently, BJP national president Amit Shah invited Acharya M R Rajesh, chief of Kashyapa Vedasram in Kozhikode as part of the move. The meeting between the two which lasted for one and half hours at Shah's residence gave fodder to much speculation and curiosity in the party and the RSS leadership.
Rajesh, who enjoys a very close relationship with the RSS was also an ABVP activist once. He is also a former journalist. The Vedasram has its branches in all the districts in Kerala. It has been working, for the last 15 years, with a mission to familiarize and popularize teachings of Vedas among the common people. The party leadership here is a bit surprised by such a long meeting between Shah and a person from outside the party.
It is learnt that Shah discussed the ways to be adopted to salvage the party in Kerala. A suggestion to bring back the estranged party activists back home also has come up in the meeting. A few months back, Shah had summoned K.K. Balram, RSS leader to Delhi.
All these hectic discussions are viewed as a preparation for the Janaraksha Yatra to be undertaken by the party. Shah is also expected to participate in it. The efforts of the central leadership to woo leaders from other political parties in the state turned out to be a damp squib, thanks to the various corruption charges came up against the party leaders.
The Janaraksha Yatra, to be led by Kummanam Rajasekharan, the state BJP chief would help the party to wash off the taint of recent controversies, the leadership hopes. The Yatra would cover 12 km a day by foot and the rest of the distance by vehicle. V Muraleedharan is in charge of the campaign tour. K Surendran, A N Radhakrishanan and MT Ramesh are the coordinators of the Yatra. The central leadership plans to take any actions at the organizational level only after considering the response of the Yatra. Despite all these face-saving efforts, the RSS leadership remains adamant in its demand for an overhaul in the state BJP.
It all indicates that the state BJP is bracing up for some serious organizational changes before the Lok Sabha elections.