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NDA constituent in Kerala to continue ‘non-cooperation’ with BJP

Chengannur (Kerala), April 29:  Ahead of the crucial by-election in Kerala’s Chengannur, the NDA’s second biggest constituent here, the Bharat Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS) on Sunday decided to continue its “non-cooperation” with the BJP as their demands are yet to be met, said its top leader. BDJS is the political arm of the SNDP, an organisation that works predominantly for the backward Ezhavas. Its leader Tushar Vellapally told media after the party leadership’s meeting here that the BDJS is still part of the NDA, but “due to our demands being not yet met, we have decided to continue our non-cooperation with the BJP”. Our stand in the election will be made in a week’s time and till then we will not take part in the ongoing election campaign of the BJP,” said Vellapally, the son of SNDP supreme leader Vellapally Natesan.
The BDJS is said to be unhappy with the BJP as it is yet to get the posts “promised” to it when it decided to join the NDA in 2015 as soon as it came into being. The by-election, slated to be held on May 28, was necessitated by the death of sitting legislator K.K. Ramachandran Nair, of the Communist Party of India (CPI-M) in January. (IANS)

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