Bharat Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS) patron Vellappally Natesan slammed BJP and said it has been reduced to a private firm marred by groupism and hit by bribery charges. He said the BDJS party which is an ally of the BJP in Kerala, should break ties with the NDA. Claiming that the BJP state leadership has betrayed the BDJS, Natesan said Kerala has ‘bigger Shahs than Amit Shah’. “There are Shahs in Kerala who are bigger than Amit Shah. The BJP state leadership has betrayed the BDJS. The BJP hasn’t given us anything. On every occasion, the BJP is raising some obstacle,” Natesan was quoted by the Indian Express as saying.
However, BDJS president and Natesan’s son Thushar Vellappally rejected his father’s stand and said Natesan is not the BDJS spokesman. He said his party would continue in the NDA. Thushar was quoted by Indian Express as saying, “Vellappally Natesan is not the BDJS spokesman. He was not assigned to speak for the BDJS, which has not decided to quit the NDA.”
The BDJS is the political arm of the backward Hindu community organisation Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam, of which Natesan is the general secretary. Ahead of his organisation’s meeting in Alappuzha, Natesan said, “It is better if they (BDJS) keep away from the NDA.” He further added, “If they are looking for role in a government, they should join hands with the CPI(M)-led LDF. Most of the BDJS workers have a Left bent. The CPI(M) should create a situation for discussion with the BDJS. I am ready to take the initiative for discussions with the CPI(M).”