With the Left Democratic Front (LDF) raking up Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah’s comparison of Wayanad with Pakistan as a prime campaign issue across the State, National Democratic Alliance (NDA) constituents, especially the Bharath Dharma Jana Sena which has fielded its president Thushar Vellappally in the Lok Sabha segment, have been visibly irritated.
While the BJP leaders are taking extreme stands of not expecting the votes of Indian Union Muslim League cadre, as a candidate, Thushar can ill-afford to adopt such a strident stance. It also functioned as a set back to BJP candidates in other districts , even Pathanamthitta, Thrissur, Palakkad and Thiruvananthapuram, where the party claims to have high stakes and minority communities.
BJP President Amit Shah stirred up a hornet’s nest few days back while addressing a rally in Kerala by comparing Wayanad with that of Pakistan. Mr. Shah’s comparison is feared to have a serious impact in all segments, especially since the LDF has made it a prime campaign plank in the last leg of electioneering.
Though the BJP State unit has been reiterating that it does not profess an anti-minority stance, Mr. Shah’s observation as well as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s comment terming the Indian Union Muslim League as a virus have lent sufficient ammunition to the LDF and Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) to target the BJP.
More vehement was LDF convener A.Vijayaraghavan who said the front would make a concerted bid to expose the communal appeasement plans of the BJP and the UDF.
The spat between the rival fronts and the BJP over the issue is expected to intensify in the concluding phase when Mr. Shah himself is expected to campaign in the State.