KOCHI: Within the preliminary part of the election marketing campaign, BJP state president Okay Surendran had set a goal of 35 seats for NDA, with which he claimed that the entrance would kind the following authorities. Surendran’s assertion was interpreted by LDF and UDF as an open name for purchasing MLAs from different fronts as anybody with 35 seats would want a minimum of 36 extra for a easy majority. Those that know Surendran’s fashion of functioning see this as an formidable goal. The social gathering which guidelines the nation and had established its mark in different two crimson forts in India — Tripura and West Bengal — badly must show itself in Kerala.
However, its plans have gone awry with a candidate backing out and the nominations of two district-level leaders getting rejected. Senior lady chief Sobha Surendran had to make use of her connections in New Delhi to get a seat whereas Sangh Parivar chief R Balashankar returned disillusioned regardless of having hotline connections with BJP nationwide management. Whereas BJP boasted about successful extra votes in temple cities in the course of the native physique elections, it doesn’t also have a candidate for Guruvayur, some of the essential temple cities of the state for the polls. The manifesto of NDA was the final to reach and there aren’t any path-breaking guarantees to enthuse voters.
Sources within the BJP state unit mentioned all these are immaterial as the true goal of the social gathering is to win focused seats the place the social gathering has already laid out constituency-specific methods. If Nemom gave BJP a much-awaited break in 2016, the main problem on the management is to show that the win in Nemom by O Rajagopal was not a fluke.
Senior BJP leaders secretly admit that the social gathering’s goal is to win three to 5 seats. They are saying there are potential seats recognized by the management and an aggressive last-week marketing campaign might be anticipated in these seats. Manjeshwar, the place Okay Surendran misplaced by a slim margin final time, and Palakkad, the place Metroman E Sreedharan tries his luck are the 2 seats aside from Nemom the place BJP hopes to make a win. The interior social gathering points in CPM which led to delay in finalising candidate in Manjeshwar and the anti-incumbency in opposition to Muslim League owing to the monetary fraud allegations in opposition to incumbent MLA M C Kamaruddin brighten the hopes of Surendran. Being the neighbouring constituency of Karnataka, sources from throughout the border are flowing freely to Manjeshwar.
In Palakkad, the attraction of E Sreedharan amongst voters of all political views has created the bottom for a tricky combat in opposition to incumbent Congress MLA Shafi Parambil. BJP management hopes to win Brahmin votes which had been a hard and fast deposit for Congress ever because the days of former MLA C M Sundaram.
Malampuzha, Tripunithura and Kazhakoottam are the opposite seats the place BJP has carried out properly within the first weeks of the marketing campaign. Whereas candidate Krishnakumar is widespread in Malampuzha and completed second behind CPM veteran V S Achuthanandan final time, the profile of candidate Okay S Radhakrishnan has come to the social gathering’s benefit in Tripunithura. A gifted author, orator, trainer, former VC and ex-PSC chairman, Radhakrishnan has grown to the present stature from a poor Dheevara household. The seat has a substantial variety of Dheevara votes and the BJP is aiming for consolidating higher caste and Dheevara votes.
In Kazhakoottam, Sobha Surendran has already electrified cadre by way of her energetic and private marketing campaign fashion. BJP’s technique is to capitalise on the Sabarimala problem right here as the principle opponent is Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran. There are efforts by Sobha and different senior BJP leaders to maintain the difficulty alive throughout marketing campaign they usually plan to consolidate votes of believers to show the devaswom minister a lesson. The robust presence of minorities within the constituency is the main hurdle for the social gathering’s plan right here.