1. Amit Shah tells BJP leaders in Kerala to soften hardcore Hindutva stand; here’s why

Amit Shah tells BJP leaders in Kerala to soften hardcore Hindutva stand; here’s why

BJP Chief Amit Shah is aiming to widen his party base among Dalits and Christians in Kerala.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: June 6, 2017 3:31 PM
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BJP Chief Amit Shah is aiming to widen his party base among Dalits and Christians in Kerala. Shah, who was on a three-day visit to the state, has asked leaders to project the BJP as part of the wider NDA alliance and at the same time soften the its hardcore Hindutva stand in Kerala. The decision was taken keeping in view that minority votes are crucial, according to an Indian Express report. He also told the leaders to project the party as the NDA because it comprises various sections of people. BJP is seeking to make inroads in Kerala where it looks to emerge as the main challenger to ruling Left.

Shah, who had expressed dissatisfaction over party leadership in Kerala, was aware that BJP cannot win or perform impressively in Kerala with the current strategy, the report says.

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It has been learned that Shah was not happy with state BJP chief Kummanam Rajasekharan’s style of functioning. Shah may remove Rajasekharan from his post unless he makes drastic changes in functioning, says Indian Express report. Shah also asked Rajasekharan to shed his image as an environment activist and work politically. Shah also said that part-time politics cannot work in the BJP. Data on increasing vote per cent will not do and everyone has to work hard and reach out to all sections of society, according to IE report.

Shah is in the Andaman and Nicobar islands now. Notably, the BJP chief has drawn up a programme to visit all states and union territories (UTs) in 110 days.

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