Kummanam was criticised for taking a unilateral stand in deciding the candidate.

BJP state leadership criticised for Malappuram poll fiasco summoned to Delhi
news Politics Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 09:29

The Malappuram poll fiasco has come as a setback for the BJP, which was hoping to come up with a much better performance. 

In particular, it has dealt a blow to the confidence if not arrogance of the party’s national chief Amit Shah, whose meticulous planning and election arithmetic had led to the party winning seats in many other states.

Kerala, with its Left affiliation, has always remained a tough nut to crack for the saffron party and only in 2016 Assembly Elections did the party manage to open its account for the first time in the state. According to latest reports, BJP President Amit Shah has summoned State leaders to Delhi in the wake of the party's poor showing in the bye-election held on April 12. 

BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan, former president V Muraleedharan and senior leader P K Krishnadas have been asked to reach Delhi by Thursday morning.

The state leadership of the party was confident of securing more than one lakh votes in the election, which was conveyed to the national leadership as well. But the party’s vote share declined from 7.42% in the 2016 Assembly Elections to 7.01% now. While the winner, PK Kunhalikutty of the UDF, secured 5,15,325 votes, LDF’s MB Faisal came second with 3,44,287 votes. The BJP trailed far behind with just 65,662 votes, which meant a gain of only 964 votes from the 2016 Assembly elections. 

In the state core committee meeting held in Palakkad on Tuesday, the party leaders had severely criticised Kummanam Rajasekharan, who had been nominated by Amit Shah. The criticism was that there was lack of coordination in the election campaign and that the best candidate was not fielded.

Kummanam was criticised for taking a unilateral stand in deciding the candidate. But Kummanam took the decision based on the fact that the candidate was familiar to all the voters in the constituency and said that he should not be held solely responsible for the defeat, reports Manoramaonline.

The core committee meeting pointed out that election committees were not constituted at the grass root level and sufficient funds were not provided for running the campaign. It also came to the conclusion that the leadership failed to conduct a proper study about the constituency.

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