Sole seat lost, Kerala BJP’s biggest setback

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Sole seat lost, Kerala BJP’s biggest setback

Vibha Sharma
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, May 3

Kerala has given the BJP its biggest setback within the 2021 Assembly elections. The occasion misplaced the only seat, Nemom, it had received for the primary time within the southern state in 2016. CPM’s V Sivankutty defeated senior chief Kummanam Rajasekharan, who had resigned from the submit of the Meghalaya Governor in March 2019 to offer electoral politics a shot.

Saffron Campaign fails to bear fruit

Despite a high-decibel marketing campaign revolving round Sabarimala Temple, spiritual sentiments, love jihad and gold smuggling rip-off, the BJP not solely misplaced the vote share, however its high candidates, together with state chief Ok Surendran and ‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan, too did not make a mark.

Buoyed by Nemom, the occasion tried to amplify features, enjoying up the controversy over the Sabrimala Temple. The 2021 elections noticed high leaders repeatedly invoking conventional BJP points of affection jihad and the Sabarimala Temple to assault the ruling CPI(M).

While BJP leaders blame “tactical voting by Muslims”, observers say CM Pinarayi Vijayam, alongside along with his in a position Covid administration, “corrected stance on Sabrimala” to tug off what no different occasion may do in Kerala for a very long time. Meanwhile, a divided BJP home, it appears, additional added to his profit.

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