CPI(M) sees no threat from BJP in Kerala

CPI(M) sees no threat from BJP in Kerala

The CPM believes that the BJP's ambitious 'yatra' in Kerala was a blessing in disguise for the Left and did no good for the saffron party.

While the BJP is not yet sure of the exact impact it created through its 'Jan Raksha Yatra', the Left party's initial analysis is that there was an "effective counter" to the narrative, that the saffron party was trying to set against them.

The BJP feels that they have successfully managed to bring to national attention the “violence perpetrated by the CPI(M) against political rivals” though they are not confident about how it would electorally benefit them in the future.

While CPM central leadership marched twice to BJP headquarters during the yatra to protest against RSS-BJP violence, saffron party supporters organised daily marches to the AKG Bhavan.

The BJP core committee in Kerala would meet soon to analyse the results of the 'yatra'. The protest march throughout Kerala was organised to encourage the cadre and divert attention from the corruption charges against some its leaders in the medical college controversy.

Senior CPM leaders acknowledged that the BJP managed to rally its supporters around the yatra but their reading is that it could not touch a chord with the people, citing social media commentary to buttress their point.

New initiative
The CPM had taken an unprecedented initiative to create a counter narrative on the ground as well as in the cyber world. To its surprise, even non-Left supporters too joined their bandwagon to counter the BJP.

The cancelling of BJP chief Amit Shah's much publicised march through the village of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan; subsequent allegations against Shah's son Jay and the decision to field divisive saffron leaders like Yogi Adityanath added teeth to the campaign, a senior CPM leader told DH.

The comments by central leaders against Kerala with Shah, Adityanath and others questioning its development also worked in our favour, he said.

Amid the high-pitch campaign against CPM, the BJP also suffered electorally as it lost votes and slipped to fourth in the bypolls in Vengara Assembly constituency in Malappuram where the yatra had passed through. It had finished behind SDPI, a Muslim outfit, and could not garner over 8,000 votes as expected.

For the BJP, there is still trouble in NDA in the state. One of its influential allies, Vellapally Natesan-led BDJS has been creating noises against the party and one of the immediate tasks would be to mollify them.

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