Leaders from Janata Dal (Secular), Loktanthrik Janata Dal, and Janata Dal (United) recently joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Kerala. The merger ceremony took place in Kochi on Sunday. One of the new BJP members is Sujith Sunder, an experienced television serial maker.
During the meeting, K Surendran, the BJP state president, expressed concerns about Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s alleged attempt to divide people along communal lines using the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) as an excuse. Surendran warned of the dangerous consequences of this move and accused the Communist Party of India (Marxist) state committee of uniting Muslim organizations against the UCC to polarize society.
Surendran pointed out that the Communist Party of India (Marxist) was initially in favor of the UCC. He mentioned that during the Shah Bano case verdict in 1985, EMS Namboothiripad urged Rajiv Gandhi to implement the court’s decision. Surendran criticized those who opposed EMS, labeling them as fundamentalists.
Prakash Javadekar, the BJP’s Kerala Prabhari, referred to the merger event as a significant moment in history. He noted that despite their differences in Kerala, Congress and Communists are united outside the state. Javadekar predicted a significant transformation in Kerala’s political landscape within a year.
In the midst of these developments, three film personalities recently left the BJP. Malayalam filmmakers Rajasenan and Ali Akbar announced their departure, and actor Bheeman Raghu has indicated his intention to resign from the party. On the other hand, Sujith, a television serial maker, joined the BJP during this time.