Latest Kerala Local News: Lok Sabha election: Rajeev Chandrasekhar could enter the fray

Thiruvananthapuram: The Bharatiya Janata Party is gearing up for battle in the 2024 Indian general election. Party sources have hinted that Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar may contest in Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha constituency.

Chandrasekhar could be included in the BJP’s Kerala Unity Central Committee ahead of his election run from the seat where the party sees him having a chance after consistently strong outings in recent polls.

BJP central leaders have reportedly indicated to the state leadership that Chandrasekhar is a favorite for Thiruvananthapuram constituency.

He was invited to participate in programs focusing on Thiruvananthapuram. However, at present, it continues its Karnataka-centric business.

The leadership of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is also in favor of deploying Chandrasekhar for the electoral battle in Kerala.

Party sources claimed that Chandrasekhar’s name was proposed during the first round of talks for the seat of Thiruvananthapuram.

Chandrasekhar is the Union Minister of State for Skills Development and Entrepreneurship and Electronics and Information Technology.

Muraleedharan probably from Attingal
Another Union minister, V Muraleedharan, has been asked to focus on Attingal constituency. He is Minister of State for External Affairs of the Union.

Shobha Surendran, who participated in Attingal in the last Lok Sabha election, garnered over 2.5 lakh of the votes. Sobha expected to get the seat again since she was a familiar figure in the segment. However, after Muraleedharan became Union Minister, he began to focus his attention on Attingal constituency and conveyed his interest in the seat to party organisations. This provoked Shobha, prompting him to make public statements against party leaders.

The national leadership of the party will hold exclusive discussions with the leaders of all the states on the political strategies to be adopted for each state before the general elections. The Head of State of Kerala, K Surendran, has arrived in Delhi for taking part in the talks.

Surendran can stay
As the elections approach, the BJP’s Kerala unit is embroiled in factional fighting. Public statements made by Shobha have once again exposed internal divisions.

Supporters of state chairman Surendran claimed the rival group was fighting a proxy battle by putting Sobha at the forefront. The state leadership decided to ignore the statements made by Shobha. The faction led by Surendran alleges that the rival group started their fight after realizing that he would not be removed from office as BJP chairman in the state.

The national leadership is of the opinion that there would be no useful purpose in simply changing the leaders of the state.

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