In its first list of candidates for the Lok Sabha elections launched on Thursday, BJP named 13 of its 14 applicants for Kerala. Particularly absent from the listing used to be a candidate for the seat of Pathanamthitta, the district the place the Sabarimala temple is positioned.
Whilst reports say there’s an interior dispute within the occasion over the applicants for the district, state BJP leader PS Sreedharan Pillai has denied this.
“There’s no dispute over the candidate for Pathanamthitta. The deliberations at the subject are over. It’s not likely that any last-minute adjustments could be made,” Pillai mentioned, consistent with Malayala Manorama.
Previous this week, the BJP finalised its seat-sharing deal for the state with its allies Bharath Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS) and the Kerala Congress (PC Thomas).
Of the 20 Lok Sabha seats in Kerala, BJP will contest 14 seats, BDJS will box 5 applicants and the Kerala Congress one.
BDJS is the political wing of the social organisation Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam, led through Vellappally Natesan.
Experiences say the verdict at the Pathanamthitta seat hangs on which seat BDJS leader Thushar Vellapally chooses to contest from.
In line with Mathrubhumi, if Thushar Vellapally contests from Thrissur, BJP will box state occasion chief Ok Surendran from Pathanamthitta. If he does no longer, Surendran can be fielded from Thrissur.
The indecision in this seat has reportedly upset the faction of the Kerala BJP led through V Muraleedharan, of which Surendran is part.
The BJP, which hasn’t ever received a Lok Sabha seat from Kerala (it handiest received its first Meeting seat in 2016) is hoping that the polarisation created through the Sabarimala factor can draw in a big a part of the Hindu vote in Kerala in opposition to it. The occasion had mentioned it could argue that the CPI(M)-led LDF govt had conspired to break the Sabarimala temple, earlier than the state Election Fee it will no longer.
After an all-party meet with the EC, BJP had promised to toe the line drawn by the EC on campaigning over the problem.
Hindus are the dominant neighborhood in Pathanamitta at 55% of the inhabitants, adopted through Christians, News18 stories.
The incumbent Pathanamthita MP, Anto Anthony, is the candidate from Congress-led United Democratic Entrance and a two-time winner from the seat. The Left Democratic Entrance candidate is Veena George, an MLA from Aranmula.