After holding discussions with the BJP, a pro-Congress Nadar community outfit in Kerala on Saturday said third front has relevance in Kerala politics, but the outfit would not cooperate if the proposed front was only a broad Hindu alliance.
Nadar outfit Viaikunta Swami Dharma Pracharanasabha (VSDP) chairman Vishnupuram Chandrasekharan said he had discussion with the leaders of the BJP and the SNDP Yogam on the prospects of an alliance.
Chandrasekharan said the VSDP and the Nadar community have been close to Congress, but that party had failed to address the issues of Nadars. “Until recently, the Nadar community has been keeping away from the BJP. But, in the changed scenario, the community outfit is not averse to supporting the BJP.’’
However, Chandrasekharan said the VSDP would not be cooperative with the BJP or SNDP Yogam if they wanted only a Hindu coalition.
A major factor that dissuades the VSDP from a Hindu alliance is that the community constitutes Hindus and Christians. In within certain Nadar families, there would be followers of both religions. Besides, several pastors of the Church of South India are functioning as the office bears of the VSDP.
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The VSDP, a prominent outfit of the Nadar community in South Kerala, has been a fortune hunter in the recent elections. It had supported the LDF’s Bennet Abraham, a Nadar, in the last LS election in Thiruvananthapuram, in a bid to ensure the win of a community member.
But, a large section of Nadars voted for Congress, leading to the win of Shashi Tharoor. In the recently-held by-election at Aruvikkara assembly segment, VSDP has joined hands with Kerala Congress (M) rebel P C George under the banner of anti-corruption front. But, their candidate not only failed miserably, but also did not spoil the chances of Congress.