Kerala elections: BJP-BJDS enter into seat sharing agreement; will contest in 37 seats

Besides BJP and BDJS, Kerala Congress led by former union minister P C Thomas is also part of the NDA in Kerala.

By: PTI | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: March 21, 2016 5:03 pm

The newly formed Bharat Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS) and BJP on Monday reached an agreement for seat sharing in the May 16 Kerala assembly elections under which the fledgling party will contest 37 of the 140 seats at stake.

Both parties arrived at a consensus on seat sharing at a crucial meeting held in Thiruvananthapuram, leaders of the parties said.

As per the agreement, BDJS, floated recently by Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam (SNDP) would contest 37 seats, BJP state President Kummanam Rajasekharan and BDJS President Thushar Vellappally told a joint press conference.

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SNDP is an outfit of numerically stronger backward Ezhava community in the state.

Rajasekharan said the National Democratic Alliance’s state committee meeting would be held in the first week of next month and the candidate list of the partners was expected to be announced before that.

Besides BJP and BDJS, Kerala Congress led by former union minister P C Thomas is also part of the NDA in the state.

BJP is eyeing to open its account in the upcoming assembly elections in the state. The saffron party has so far not been successful in the assembly and Lok Sabha elections in the state. It, however, put up a better showing in last year’s civic elections.

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    IML sood
    Mar 21, 2016 at 11:48 am
    This time wind of change is visible and broader scene is to be emerged after election.People have now become aware to defeat the anti national forces and Kerala is one of the state where such people have breeding grounds view of these changes result are sure to be surprisin this time.
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      Madhu
      Mar 21, 2016 at 1:58 pm
      I am a keralite and I am surprised at the so called literate Keral is so dumb to elect tense Left and congress lead fronts for ages and knowing fully well that they are not good for the educated Kerala, thanks to the "aware Keralites" liking for Bandhs and Dharna's at the fall of a leaf. Sad that we still don't realise that other states have marched ahead and all the youngsters are in Bangalore/Hydbd/ Chennai for jobs as there is nothing available in Kerala but still we are shy of disowning these lousy fronts that have been ruling roost- if at all it is the Muslim league that gets everything as both the fronts woo them!!!
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        Cooldude
        Mar 21, 2016 at 2:57 pm
        Can yoy please which other state has marched ahead? On what parameters? Front your writing its clear that you are neither from kerala nor you have any clue about Kerala. Just wait and watch for the election, BJP is kerala is trying so hard for ages to get even a single seat. Focus on getting 1 seat before you can try and change the political situation.
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          Cooldude
          Mar 21, 2016 at 3:56 pm
          Its like Fekuji's gurantee of 15 lakhs. Adhyam pavam Rajettaney oru panjayat member yenkilum akku. Pavam, tholkkan iniyum janmam bakki.
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            Cooldude
            Mar 21, 2016 at 3:53 pm
            Kerala has provided its people higher standards of education and let them seek out and explore the world. Come to TVM or Cohin and see the number technology companies. We provided the poor their rights and provided land through landreforms. In most part of India the poor and dalits are treated like animals and they are not even allowed to enter the house of an upper caste or even share a table. So please dont teach us your yardstick of development and social equality.
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