Miffed Kerala BJP to open up before Amit Shah

Thiruvananthapuram : BJP’s Kerala unit leaders, piqued over non-inclusion in the national body, said at a two-day meeting that began here Sunday that they will complain to party chief Amit Shah.

BJP president Amit Shah who arrives Sunday night will take part in Monday’s deliberations besides attending a public meeting.

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Leaders complained that not a single state leader was inducted into the newly-constituted national body of the party while P.K. Krishna Das, the lone representative in the outgoing body, was dropped from the post of secretary.

A few others were saddened that the state’s senior most leader O. Rajagopal’s name also did not figure in the list of new governors.

Shah is expected to talk to top leaders of the state unit as the party is caught in factional feuds.

A BJP leader told IANS that this is one reason why the state leadership was not considered in the national organisational structure.

A senior leader, not willing to be named, said: “All expect things will change as Shah means business. His first target is next year’s local bodies polls — billed as the semi-final — ahead of the 2016 state polls, as the national leadership wants BJP to open its account in the 140-member Kerala assembly.”

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh supremo Mohan Bhagwat, in the state for the past few days, also reached here Sunday and will meet Shah.