Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his displeasure with what has been troubling the BJP in Kerala as the state president of the party has been accused of bribing the candidate of the opposition party to withdraw his nomination in the recently-held assembly polls. With Modi's displeasure, the party's Central high command has summoned the state president to Delhi.
Kerala BJP President K Surendran was booked by the state police on Monday for allegedly bribing and threatening Sundara, the candidate of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), who his nomination to contest in the Manjeshwar assembly constituency against Surendran in the election that was held in the state on April 6. BSP Candidate Sundara had alleged recently that he was initially threatened and later given Rs 2.5 lakh as a bribe by the BJP state president with the demand to withdraw from the contest against him.
Sundara had alleged that Sunil Naik, a Yuvamorcha leader and a close aide of BJP state president K Surendran, had handed over the money and a smartphone. He had later withdrawn his nomination and weeks after the results of the elections were declared, Sundara has now come up to the light and revealed that the BJP state president had bribed him to take back his nomination. Besides Sundara, CPI(M)'s VV Ramesan, who fought in Manjeshwar, had also filed a case against Surendran.
The police said that the case was registered against Surendran as per the directions of the Kasaragod magistrate court and he was booked under sections 171 (B) and (E) - Bribery of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). According to reports, the bribery charges against the state BJP President have heavily disturbed the BJP's Central high command as the development has drawn national attention.
It had shaken the party with Prime Minister Modi himself expressing that he is unhappy with the issue. As the pressure mounted on the saffron party, the Central leadership has summoned Kerala BJP President K Surendran to Delhi for investigation. The reports say that Surendran had arrived in Delhi on Tuesday night and he will be meeting Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP National President JP Nadda.
Surendran will be meeting JP Nadda at 3 pm on Wednesday. Back in Kerala, the Crime Branch has taken over the bribery case and the case will be probed by a special team. Eventually, the Manjeshwar constituency was won by AKM Ashraf of the LDF alliance after defeating BJP's Surendran with a margin of 745 votes. The LDF coalition had swept the assembly polls after securing 97 seats of 140 assembly seats. With a landslide victory, Pinarayi Vijayan has formed the government for the second consecutive term.