The political events that have been unfolding in South India for the past few days had drawn an opinion that the BJP has set a target to pull top leaders from the opposition camps to benefit the party's outreach in the south during the upcoming assembly polls and 2024 general elections. In a back-to-back setback for Congress, prominent leaders have crossed ranks and joined BJP.
In Kerala, veteran Congress leader AK Antony's son Anil Antony had joined BJP earlier this week, months after quitting the Congress party. On Friday, former Chief Minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh, Kiran Kumar Reddy, had joined the BJP, weeks after quitting the Congress party. In the midst of these developments, Kerala BJP President K Surendran claimed that more leaders from the Congress are expected to join BJP.
According to ANI, Surendran was responding to a question on whether Anil Antony's induction into BJP will further the party's prospects in Kerala, during which he said, "AK Antony is a senior Congress leader who held key positions in the party. Today, his son Anil Antony took party membership of the BJP. More Congress leaders will be joining the BJP soon."
By citing a possible exodus from the Congress, Surendran said that erudite and highly educated leaders in the opposition camp are now joining the BJP and stated that the saffron party is approaching several leaders from the Congress, the Left, and asking them to join BJP.
He further said that the party is planning to boost its prospects by seeking support from the Christian community in Kerala and that the party hopes to receive a major share of Christian votes as the community has displayed that it has faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership.
"We are running several campaigns in the state. The Happy Easter Ghar Ghar Chalo campaign will be conducted across the state from April 9. During this campaign, we will make an effort to connect Christians with the BJP, which will significantly impact our vote share", he added. It is pertinent to note that in line of exodus, former Congress leader C R Kesavan has joined the BJP on Saturday - April 8.
Kesavan is the great grandson of freedom fighter and India's last governor general C Rajagopalachari. A native of Tamil Nadu, Kesavan praised Modi's leadership and his people-centric policies, corruption-free, and inclusive governance. He claimed that the national security has been given a top priority and by referring to recent 'Kashi-Tamil Sangamam', he further said tha India's history and traditions are being celebrated with various events. Welcoming Kesavan to the party, Union Minister VK Singh said that Kesavan will be a strong voice in the BJP and also in the politics of Tamil Nadu.