Puthuppally: BJP State President, K Surendran, said that a sympathy wave was behind the victory of Congress candidate, Chandy Oommen, in the Puthuppally bye election. He added that the election result is a severe blow to the failure of the ruling government. There was an administrative failure during Onam due to the government’s corruption.
K Surendran said that the Puthuppally election result reflects the people’s agenda to teach Kerala Chief Minister a lesson. He said that the failure of the CPI(M) candidate shows the collapse of Left Democratic Front in Kerala.
The BJP leader pointed out that CPI(M) leaders VN Vasavan and MV Govindan are of blaming others for the loss of vote for LDF. The accusation by the left front that Chandy Oommen got BJP’s vote is wrong. Not even the jokers in circus tell jokes like these, quipped Surendran.
Surendran continued that in the Lok Sabha Elections the left and right fronts in Kerala will disappear in constituencies where BJP is strong. The bye election result shows that in areas where BJP has a winning stand the fight will be between Congress and the BJP.
He said that BJP has no influence in Puthuppally constituency. Till now, the BJP has not even garnered more than 25,000 votes. The leakage of LDF votes is a sign that its base has cracked.
K Surendran also added that it will be examined if there were any organizational lapse for the loss of votes for the BJP candidate. The BJP will make efforts to increase the support base.
Surendran said that after an alliance has been formed by opposition parties at the national level the fronts in Kerala have lost its space.
He also reminded that the election victory of BJP in Tripura is evidence that the people have rejected the Congress and CPI(M) alliance.
Surendran said that in Kerala the I.N.D.I.A needs only one candidate. During the Lok Sabha elections, the people will ask why the left front is contesting as part of the alliance.
He added that the BJP will not come with ‘capsules’ like MV Govindan and will present facts as facts. The BJP leader also told that he will meet the media again after the election results are scrutinized.
Chandy Oommen, son of late Congress leader and former Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy, won the Puthuppally bye election. Chandy Oommen won the election with a majority of 37,719 votes over the CPI(M) candidate Jaick C Thomas.
Oommen Chandy had been representing the Puthuppally constituency for the past fifty three years. He died on 18 July, 2023 prompting a bye election at Puthuppally. His son Chandy Oommen was given the ticket to contest the election by the Congress party. Chandy Oommen was able to garner the strong support of the people of Puthuppally, who had earlier given their support to his father Oommen Chandy.