The appointment of Hindu Aikya Vedi general secretary Kummanam Rajasekharan as the president of BJP in Kerala is a clear indication that BJP is set to play hard-line Hindutva to the hilt in Kerala.
Supplementing the BJP’s radical Hindutva would be Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam general secretary Vellappally Natesan, known as a minority basher in Kerala. BJP has an alliance with Natesan.
A common thread between Rajasekharan and Natesan is that both had emerged as Hindu leaders in controversies involving Christians.
Rajasekharan was launched as crusader for Hindu cause in the clash with Christians at Nilakkal temple agitation of 1983. It was his tough stand for Hindus at T V Puram in Vaikkom in a Christian cemetery issue that helped Natesan emerge as SNDP Yogam leader in the second half of 1990’s.
Rajasekharan is a direct recruit from the RSS. He never had worked in the BJP machinery despite being a prominent member of Sangh Parivar family in Kerala for last three decades.
He is heading the BJP in Kerala at a time the party is trying open an account in the next Assembly elections, slated for May, next year.
Although Rajasekharan heading the BJP would enthuse the Sangh Parivar camp, it has be seen whether the radical would be able to fetch more votes to BJP kitty in a state where 46 per cent of population belongs to minority communities.
BJP sources said there have been informal discussions with regional Christian party Kerala Congress (M) for working out an electoral understanding in the next assembly elections. With Rajasekharan at BJP helms, a section of BJP in Kerala is uncertain about the result of such moves.
They fear that Rajasekharan would not only alienate minorities also further Muslim fundamentalism. His emergence as BJP state chief would may trigger a minority wave towards either LDF or UDF. In the recent civic polls, LDF had benefitted from such a wave.
Sources said Rajasekharan lacked the much needed flexibility in electoral politics. In his new role if Rajasekharan shows flexibility to accommodate non-Hindutva votes, he runs the risk of landing in trouble in his own Hindutva constituency.
With Rajasekharan and Vellappally leading a third front with hardcore Hindu agenda, Kerala is poised for a major communal divide.