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BJP assured respect for NDA allies in Kerala: P.C.George

IANS  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

Assured by BJP's top leadership of being treated with respect, Janapaksham (Secular), the newest ally of the NDA in the state, feels its joining the BJP-led was the right decision, said its chief

"It was in April that our party decided to join the NDA. I met in Pathanamthitta. Later, I also met twice and the response from both was very warm," Janapaksham (Secular) founder and seven-time legislator, George told IANS.

"Shah has asked me to come to for more discussions on how to strengthen the NDA in Kerala. I will be going to meet both Shah and the PM soon. They have assured us that they will treat their allies with respect," added George.

The NDA in Kerala includes, Bharat Dharma (BDJS), (Thomas), Lok Jana Shakthi, (Secular) and a few other small parties.

In the 140-member Kerala Assembly, the NDA has two legislators 90-year-old BJP veteran O.Rajagopal and now George.

Having started as member, George over the years, has moved across different factions of the Kerala Congress, formed his own only to disband it and recently formed the Kerala Janapaksham (Secular). He joined the NDA last month, after negotiating with both the Left and the Congress-led UDF.

BDJS is the second biggest NDA ally in the state and has had a love-hate relation with the BJP since it was formed in 2015. For long it has been demanding a Rajya Sabha seat for its chief Tushar Vellapally, who contested from Wayanad and lost his security deposit, after won the Lok Sabha seat with the highest-ever margin in the state of over four lakh votes.

--IANS

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First Published: Tue, June 11 2019. 14:26 IST
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