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BDJS not to back BJP in Chengannur

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Alappuzha: In a setback to the BJP in Kerala, its ally Bharat Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS) on Wednesday made it clear that it would not support the saffron party in the Chengannur by-election.

BDJS chief Thushar Vellappally said the party would soon convene a meeting of the other partners of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance in the state. The SNDP Yogam-backed party's decision is believed to have been prompted by the BJP's denial of a Rajya Sabha ticket to Thushar.

Thushar said some members of the BJP insulted him and his party in the name of the Rajya Sabha seat. He said action will be sought against those who insulted him.

On moving towards the CPM-led Left front, Thushar said his party could find a place in the Left fold with a nod. "If the CPM can cooperate with Abdulnaser Madhani's PDP, then why can't it join hands with BDJS," he asked.

"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.

He was addressing the media after the BDJS' crucial meet at Kanichukulangara. The party workers shared a feeling that there was no need to back the BJP in the wake of Thushar being denied the Rajya Sabha ticket. Though there were reports that Thushar would be sent to the Rajya Sabha, the BJP apparently at the last minute, picked BJP leader V Muraleedharan instead of the BDJS leader. BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan has asked the BDJS to continue with the NDA.

The by-election in Chengannur was necessitated following the death of CPM's MLA Ramachandran Nair. The election date is yet to be announced. P S Sreedharan Pillai, who had polled over 45,000 votes in the last assembly election, is most likely to be the BJP candidate.

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