New Delhi: Chief Minister of Kerala Oommen Chandy on Monday alleged that SNDP general secretary Vellapally Natesan opened a recruiting agency of BJP and RSS in Kerala on the pretext of floating the Bharat Dharma Jana Sena.
“I see the new party as a recruiting agency of BJP and RSS in the state. They could not win a single seat in the Assembly and the Lok Sabha elections so far” Chandy said.
Notably, Natesan announced the formation of the new party- Bharat Dharma Jana Sena – at a rally on Shankmukham beach in Thiruvananthapuram. The announcement came following his 16-day ‘Samathwa Munnata Yatra’. The yatra aims at uniting peoples of the Hindu caste.
Criticising the move by Natesan, Chandy said that the initiative was against the stated principles of the Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam.
Underscoring the need to form a political party, Natesan attacked both the ruling Congress-led UDF and CPI(M)-headed LDF and stated that it was an ‘adjustment rule’ by two alliances, which have enjoyed the position in power alternately.
It might be mentioned that the BJP had made a notable improvement in the recent civic polls.
The SNDP-BJP liaison developed following BJP president Amit Shah’s visit to Kerala and Natesan calling on Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently.
Meanwhile, the Congress termed Vellapally Natesan as the ‘middleman’ of the Sangh Parivar.
“Unfortunately Vellapaly Natesan is doing the work of a middleman for the Sangha Parivar in the state,” KPCC President V M Sudheeran said.
“There is nothing personal against Natesan. The opposition is towards his Sangh Parivar politics” he added.
Sudheeran further alleged that Natesan was involved in spreading the messages of Nathuram Godse and destroying the teachings of Sree Narayana Guru, the founder of SNDP.
In order to regain dominance in the country, the Congress is mulling using the tribal card. This plan of action is to be first implemented in Chhattisgarh.
Riding on the success of the Assembly and urban body elections, the Congress feels that it can increase it base through tribals as they constitute 8 per cent of the total population.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the first three Assembly elections in the state, after its formation in 2000, recorded huge victories and came to power. But after the Assembly elections held last year, the scenario changed. After registering a victory in the Assembly elections and then in the urban body polls, the Congress showed that it still dominates the tribal areas.
The Congress gave the responsibility of the tribal areas to the tribal leader of Madhya Pradesh Umang Singhar which eventually helped the party. Now, the party is planning to spread out nationwide through Chhattisgarh.
Former party president Rahul Gandhi, while inaugurating the National Tribal Dance Festival in Raipur, gave a message to the tribals who are here to participate in the festival that the Chhattisgarh government is working for all the sections and this is the reason why there has been a downward trend in naxal attacks and the state economy has also improved.
The Congress is planning to publicise the improvements in Chhattisgarh throughout the country because the tribal population in the state is 32 per cent.
BJP media panellist Sandeep Sharma, however, claims that the party’s base has not shrunk. He said till Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh were not divided, the Congress was strong in the area but in the elections held after three years of the bifurcation, the BJP won the Assembly elections and was in power for 15 years. Though we faced defeat in the 2018 elections, the only reason was that people wanted a change but they were not angry with the BJP, he claimed.
The BJP won in the Lok Sabha elections and the margin in the urban body elections was also not much. So, it would be inappropriate to say that the BJP’s base has shrunk, he said adding that in one year the Congress’ base has declined by 9 per cent whereas in Assembly elections it got 12 per cent more votes and in urban body elections the margin was 3 per cent.
Analysing the political landscape of the state, political analyst Rudra Awasthi said, “When it was Madhya Pradesh then the Congress had stronghold in Chhattisgarh. Several big leaders were also from the state but after the formation of Chhattisgarh since Ajit Jogi was accused of being a fake tribal the Congress lost its stronghold over the tribals. Though it continued to dominate in some of the areas which helped it in regaining the power.
“As of now, the Congress has started including the tribals with the backward class. First Bhupesh Baghel was the state chief of the party and he was replaced by Mohan Markam as he became the Chief Minister. During the Assembly elections, the Congress talked about the identity of the tribals which helped the party. After winning the elections, the decisions of the Congress government were in favour of the tribals which helped the party in the urban body elections,” said Awasthi.
The Congress is mulling over spreading its message to the tribals across the country through the three-day festival going on here. For this several senior leaders of the party will attend the festival and share the government’s schemes while giving the message that the Congress government in the state has brought a positive and a significant change in the lives of the tribals. (IANS)