Kozhikode: Kerala leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have shelved their differences, realizing that they face the danger of losing positions and titles in the party. They have already conveyed to central leaders that the growth in the party's vote share from a meager 7 percent to 15 percent is the result of their hard work, and that it is injustice to ignore the fact. However, no one has dared to complain to prime minister Narendra Modi or BJP national president Amit Shah.
Instead, they have spoken to some central leaders whom they are close to. Prior to that they exchanged among themselves the message that they have to sink differences to prove their strength and insure loss of positions. It is known that A.N. Radhakrishan and P.S. Sreedharan Pillai are involved in the unity efforts as they are acceptable to all.
Sources say state unit chief Kummanam Rajasekharan was assured of a Union cabinet berth, but lost it to Alphons Kannanthanam due to the infighting and allegations of corruption against Kerala BJP leaders. The state leaders are worried that some other Keralite leaders could be imposed above their heads even as the current leadership is reduced to being mere spectators.
Vishwa Hindu Parishad's Hindu Helpline national joint convener Prajeesh Viswanath, Rahul Easwar, who belongs to the Sabarimala clerical family, and BJP Intellectual Cell convener R. Balashankar are under consideration for key posts in the state unit.
Indications are that Rahul and Balashankar could become spokespersons and Prajeesh could be assigned the job of secretary.