Former Kerala DGP Jacob Thomas has officially been inducted into the Bhartiya Janata Party, by the outfit’s national president JP Nadda at a public event on Thursday. BJP state president K Surendran pointed out that the reason for someone like Jacob Thomas to join BJP is that both the LDF and UDF had failed to support the people and develop Kerala. Yesterday, actor Krishnakumar had joined the party, following which Surendran had hinted that many prominent individuals would be joining the saffron outfit.
The induction happened at a grand event organised in Thrissur where JP Nadda flagged off the party’s election campaigning in the state. This is Nadda’s first visit to the state after he became the National President of the party. In his address to the people, Nadda lashed out at the state government for “lack of development in the state” and alleged the LDF leaders of corruption, especially regarding the money the Centre gave following the first floods. Moreover, Nadda also hit out at Health Minister KK Shailaja for not being able to control the Covid-19 pandemic in the state.
His arrival also solved a longstanding problem within the party leadership in the state. After a long 10 months, Shobha Surendran has attended the party meeting alongside JP Nadda. Reportedly, the central leadership threatened to remove her from the party if she did not attend the meeting, and Shobha refused to comment on the matter. However, she said that she had nothing more than what has been said by the party’s central leadership.
While Thushar Vellappally-led BDJS had expressed their issues with the BJP central leadership, especially the lack of unity among the state leaders and in the front, the situation spiralled out of control for BDJS. Many members of the party under the leadership of BDJS General Secretary NK Neelakandan, KK Binu, and Gopakumar decided to leave the NDA alleging inefficacy. The latter had been Thushar’s most trusted ally within the party. They have decided to form their party and reportedly join the UDF. Moreover, sources claim that they have alleged a nexus between the BJP and LDF, whereby the former is helping the latter to get back power.