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Delhi Confidential: Unity Test

With the factional feud deepening in the state unit, party president J P Nadda summoned Kerala chief K Surendran to the national capital.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | November 11, 2020 2:22:44 am
Kerala BJP chief K Surendran

Keeping unity in the Kerala unit has been a tough task for the BJP central leadership, even with Amit Shah’s tough taskmaster approach. With the factional feud deepening in the state unit, party president J P Nadda summoned Kerala chief K Surendran to the national capital. In the two meetings Surendran had — on Monday evening and Tuesday morning — Surendran was told to take immediate measures to resolve issues within the party. Sources said he was asked why there were changes in the list of the names cleared by the central leadership for appointments in the state organisation. They also said that Nadda reminded Surendran that Shah had been making efforts to revive the state unit, as he did for West Bengal. Surendran was apparently asked to see that leaders in the state put up a united face before the elections next year. The party’s performance in the December local body election would be a tough test for Surendran’s leadership in Kerala.

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