KOCHI : BJP's internal strife has just worsened after. one faction was completely ruled out from office bearer appointments. In response, party seniors MT Ramesh, Shobha Surendran and AN Radhakrishnan put their foot down, informing central leadership that, they were unwilling to take up posts accorded to them. Party General Secretary B Santhosh revealed the grim state of affairs.
The rebellion comes at a time when infighting is already on high gear over V Muraleedharan and K Surendran taking control of the party, in utter disregard for Krishnadas faction. No consultation was made while preparing the list of office bearers, the estranged leaders said. Earlier, MS Kumar had informed K Surendran that he would not assume post as Party Spokesperson.
Revamp in state BJP recently had pushed to fringes General Secretaries MT Ramesh and Shobha Surendran from Krishnadas faction, by handing them Vice President posts. Later, with pressure from RSS, only MT Ramesh was reinstated as General Secretary. Then came proclamation of the new office bearers comprising N Sivranjan, PM Velayudan and KP Sreeshan, making V Muraleedharan faction’s hold over the party complete.
Appointing of M Ganeshan as General Secretary was the gain for RSS to speak of. AN Radhakrishnan and Shobha Surendran from among 10 Vice Presidents plus MT Ramesh from among six General Secretaries and 3 Secretaries from a total of 10, are the only names that now remain from Krishnadas faction. Muraleedharan also made an absolute take over of the youth wing by appointing 6 office bearers from his faction. Incidentally, party General Secretaries George Kurien, C Krishnakumar and P Sudheer and General Secretary from the Coordination Wing are close aides of K Surendran.
Krishnadas faction won majority in the election held for District Presidents. The opinion poll later also yielded identical results. And, K Surendran’s appointment as State President came overturning all of that.