BJP's decision to appoint Thushar Vellappally appears to be an attempt to strengthen ties with BDJS, that had recently become strained.

Rumours of BJP-BDJS split false Thushar Vellappally appointed NDA Convenor in KeralaThushar Vellappally/Facebook
news Politics Monday, September 26, 2016 - 16:37

At a meeting of the NDA convened by BJP president Amit Shah in Kerala on Monday, BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan was appointed as the President of the alliance.

Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar has been appointed as the Vice-President. 

Bharath Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS) leader Thushar Vellappally, son of Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam (SNDP) supremo Vellappally Natesan, was appointed as the Convenor. 

Speculations over a possible BJP-BDJS split in Kerala can now safely be put to rest. BJP's decision to appoint Thushar Vellappally as the Convener appears to be an attempt to strengthen ties with BDJS, that had recently become strained. 

Ahead of the three-day BJP National Council meet that began on Friday, Vellappally Natesan had hinted at a possible split in their six-month alliance with the BJP.

BJP, which was hoping to open its account in Kerala had roped in BDJS in March, ahead of the assembly polls held in May.

However, Natesan told reporters on Friday that BDJS was the losing party in the alliance with the BJP, since the latter had not fulfilled its promises.

“Group clashes within the BJP could be the reason for sidelining us. They have not kept any of their promises which were mutually agreed upon. The leaders who are supposed to execute the same seem to be doing nothing, both at the state and central levels. No important positions were assigned to BDJS leaders,” Natesan alleged.

However, BDJS state president Thushar Vellappally was quick to refute the speculations and said that Natesan's remarks should be seen as his personal opinion. 

BJP state President Kummanam Rajasekharan also dispelled the speculations. 

MLA O Rajagopal is among the 12 members of the council in which CK Janu and V Muraleedharan are among the Co-conveners. 

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