The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is set to start its election campaign in Kerala with the visit of national president JP Nadda. He is currently scheduled for a two-day visit to Kerala while reaching Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday.
“We are going in for a full-fledged approach this time. We are contesting to win and not merely for the sake of fighting the elections. There are around 30 to 40 seats among the total 140 seats, in which we can emerge as a crucial force. Once this happens we will be at par with other major parties including the CPI(M) and Congress,” CP Radhakrishnan, BJP’s state in-charge said to the media.
Several party leaders including Radhakrishnan have been discussing the preparations weeks ahead of the polls in the state capital. The state assembly elections will begin in April this year. Nadda would be briefed about the party’s election strategy and a preliminary list of candidates before his visit.
BJP state president, K Surendran said in a press conference, “We are really excited to welcome JP Nadda to Kerala, this is his first visit after assuming charge as the party chief. His presence will certainly boost the cadres ahead of the election. The party functionaries will welcome him from the airport to the party office in the city with a huge roadshow.”
Discussing the BJP national president’s schedule during the visit, Surendran added, “Later in the day, he will attend a meeting of elected representatives and other social leaders. On Thursday he will proceed to Thrissur, where he will attend a rally and core committee meeting of the party.”
BJP started joined the assembly elections in Kerala in 2016 from Nemon constituencies in the state capital. Veteran leader, O Rajagopal was the winner of the seat that year. However, some sources reveal that Rajahgopal won’t be contesting in 2021 and senior leader Kummanm Rajashekaran would be replacing him instead.