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PC George's entry into the party causing more harm than good for BJP

After former Kerala Congress leader P C George, who joined the BJP recently, openly stated that Anil was an unfamiliar face in Pathanamthitta, Karshaka Morcha district president Shyam Thattayil also made a social media post criticising Anil's candidature.
Last Updated 03 March 2024, 12:49 IST

Thiruvananthapuram: Resentment is brewing in the BJP in Kerala over the candidature of Congress veteran leader A K Antony's son Anil Antony at Pathanamthitta.

After former Kerala Congress leader P C George, who joined the BJP recently, openly stated that Anil was an unfamiliar face in Pathanamthitta, Karshaka Morcha district president Shyam Thattayil also made a social media post criticising Anil's candidature. The BJP even expelled Thattayil from the party on Sunday.

George, who was considered as a probable BJP candidate at Pathanamthitta seat, had openly stated that it would be a tedious task to introduce Anil to the voters. He even stated that he would work for "any broom" being fielded by BJP.

George was also critical of BJP's coalition partner BDJS's leader Thusahar Vellappally and his father Vellapally Natesan, who is the general secretary of SNDP Yogam that represents the prominent Hindu Ezhava community.

Natesan had recently ridiculed George's entry to the BJP and said that no normal person would vote for George. This seems to be one reason why BJP did not give the Pathanamthitta seat to George and Antony was made the candidate.

BDJS leader Thushar said that he would convey the party's resentment against George's open remarks against BJP candidate Antony to the BJP leadership.

But George continued his critical remarks against Thushar and Vellappally on Sunday also causing headache to the BJP which is making all out efforts to win at least one maiden seat from Kerala.

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(Published 03 March 2024, 12:49 IST)

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