As the factionalism ridden Kerala unit of BJP has been running without a president for more than one month after Kummanam Rajasekharan was appointed as Mizoram Governor in the last week of May, the Central leadership of the saffron party has been putting in efforts to end the ongoing crisis.
Paty president Amit Shah sought a detailed report from the party general secretary in-charge of Kerala V Muralidhar Rao on the mounting issues in the BJP unit of the Southern state, sources said.
Sources further said that Mr Rao will submit the report soon as he is expected to visit Kerala in July as part of preparation for the Lok Sabha polls.
Mr Shah also warned the Kerala BJP leaders from fueling factionalism, sources said.
The BJP is hoping for a good performance in the coming Lok Sabha polls for the 20 seats in the state, where it is yet to open an account. The recent outburst by the BJP workers from Kerala on Mr Shah’s Facebook page angered him, and subsequently he asked for the report, sources added.
Hundreds of BJP workers commented on Mr Shah’s Facebook page, complaining about the BJP leadership in Kerala and asked for intervention from the central leadership.
A comment on Mr Shah’s Facebook post on his West Bengal programme read as: “please do the necessary action from your side to help Kerala BJP. The Kerala leaders are only thinking about their profit, and they are playing group level politics. It is not fair for Kerala politics”.
The workers also flayed senior leaders V Muralidharan, Rajya Sabha MP, and PK Krishnadas , who are heading rival factions in the state. They complained that the leaders are ruining the party due to their group politics.
The ongoing crisis in the party deepened after Mr Muralidharan criticised the Association of Malayalam Movie Actor’s decision to reinstate actor Dileep, who was expelled after he was named accused in the sensational actress attack case of 2017.
Rival faction questioned Mr Muralidharan’s stand of supporting the actress, while maintaining silence over the alleged derogatory remarks to a woman party leader, Laistha Palackal, who was removed from the Yuvamorcha leadership recently, by a TV actor, A. Sabumon.
The party workers also pointed out this incident on Mr Shah’s Facebook wall along with their other grievances on the party leadership in the state.
According to Kerala BJP sources, the state leadership could not reach an agreement on the appointment of next party president as the groups opposed the other’s choices.
As the RSS, considered to have a strong influence on the state BJP leadership, has also not agreed names proposed by various groups, causing inordinate delay in appointing the state president, sources said.
Mr Rajasekharan’s term as state party president ended abruptly as he was appointed as Mizoram Governor in the midst of Chengannur bypoll campaign. A section of workers were unhappy that Mr Rajasekharan was removed unexpectedly. They complained that it affected the Chengannur bypoll result as well, where the BJP candidate was placed in the third position.