BJP’s election prospects in coming Kerala assembly election

via R.V. Nair published on April 8, 2011

Ever since the Asianet survey predicted that Lotus will blossom this time in the Assembly elections at the north and south constituencies and that BJP would this time secure over 9% votes, both LDF and UDF started taking the BJP candidates seriously. From the day Mr.Arun Jeteley flagged off O.Rajagopal’s election campaign at Nemon, the campaign has been going on with tremendous success. The presence of Ms.Sushama Swaraj at the function gave the required impetus and elegance to the inaugural ceremony. Though the Keralites never elected a BJP candidate to the Parliament or Assembly, the then BJP government acknowledge the merits of Rajettan and made him an MP in Rajya Sabha and during that tenure he was given the opportunity to handle important portfolios such as Law, Company Affairs, Parliamentary affairs, Defense, Railway etc as Minister of State. During that period, he brought to Kerala 12 New trains, 10 Model Railway stations and 57 Railway over bridges. The second gate for the Trivandrum Railway station was constructed during that period and even today people fondly call it `Rajettan Gate’. No wonder that he has surpassed other candidates at Nemon and LDF candidate Mr.Sivan Kutty already received two warnings from Election Commission for breaking the election code. But, the past experience has been that at places where the LDF and UDF smell the possibility of a BJP candidate winning the election, they swap sides and ensure the defeat of BJP candidate. HK readers and sympathizers hailing from that area should use all their resource to ensure that our beloved Rajettan this time reaches the Kerala Assembly.

Unlike the previous assembly and parliament elections, this time the BJP campaign has shown some strength and the direct involvement of RSS and ABVP workers in the campaign could produce unexpected results. On 4th April, BJP National Spoke Person Mr.Rajeev Pratap Roody released BJP’s election manifesto which guaranteed Gujarat Model development for Kerala state and lots of new schemes for the farmers, IT Sector, Metro rail for Trivandrum, Kochi and Kozhikode, IIT, IIMS, Malayalam University and a Ministry for development of Women in the state. Visits of Ms.Sushama Swaraj in the state created a new wave and confidence among BJP workers. She attended mammoth rallies at Kottayam and other parts of the state and campaigned for BJP candidates. Her press conferences have been very effective and informative. In coming days, Mr.LK Advani and Mr.Nithin Gadkari and Mr.Narendra Modi are also expected to tour the state.

At the north end of the state, Mr.K.Surendran is leading a very successful election campaign at Manjeswaram. Even in last assembly election, BJP had every hope of winning this seat but lost due to the malicious conduct of LDF and UDF swapping the votes. But this time, the scenario is different and having a BJP government in Karnataka over the border could bring all the difference. Other places where the BJP candidates are on lead at this stage of the campaign are Mr.P.K. Krishna Das at Kattakkada, Advocate J.R. Padmakumar at Kazhakkoottam, Mr.N.Sivarajan at Nenmara (Palghat), Ms.Jayalakshmi Bhatt at Kasargode, Advocate K. Haridas at Aranmula(Pathanamthitta) and Mr.C. Udaya Bhaskar at Palghat. Through out Kerala, the voters have felt that the BJP is serious this time and the state visits of senior BJP leaders like Ms.Sushama Swaraj, Arun Jetley, Rajeev Pratap Roody, L.K. Advani, Nithin Gadkari and Narendra Modi have kindled their hope to enter Kerala Assembly and perform like a responsible opposition party.

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