//BJP should try to get out of RSS clutches: Padmanabhan

BJP should try to get out of RSS clutches: Padmanabhan

Alappuzha | February 13, 2006 9:43:42 PM IST
Sparking off heated debate at the ongoing BJP state conference at Ambalappuzha in the district today, the political resolution urged the party to grow out of the clutches of the RSS.

Presenting the resolution, former party state chief C K Padmanabhan said he was let down by the RSS in the recent by-elections from Thiruvananthapuram Parliament constituency where he contested as BJP candidate.
“If the party wanted to grow from the present stage, it should get free from the RSS hands. They maintained untouchability towards me and kept away from the campaign,” he said.

However, the remarks triggered heated debate with some delegates taking strong exception to the observations and warning Mr Padmanabhan against stepping up the attack on RSS further, it was learnt.

Later briefing the newspersons about the meet, that concluded this evening, state president P Sreedharan Pillai accused both the LDF and the UDF of playing the minority card to win votes by indulging in activities to appease them.  He said the party would fight unitedly, with the support of the Sangh Parivar, in the forthcoming assembly election and was confident of opening its account.

“UDF is almost out of the race due to its organizational failure.

The BJP is the main opponent for the LDF in the coming election,” he added.

To a question on alliance with the Democratic Indira Congress (Karunakaran), Mr Pillai said no talks were held with them till date on the issue. On the conspicuous absence of senior leader P P Mukundan from the meet, he said all eligible delegates were invited to the meeting.  Of 103 state committee members, 95 per cent attended the conference.

Referring on Thiruvananthapuram by-election setback, state president said the party did not receive the enquiry report on vote leakage. The party would discuss it only after the central leadership sanctioned to do so, he added. The party would contest in all 140 seats, he said adding the main poll plank would be based on the ‘Hindutva’.

The state committee meeting has set up five panels in view of the forthcoming assembly election. Former Union Minister O Rajagopal will head the manifesto committee.