The major opponent for United Democratic Front in Thrissur and Wayanad constituencies is BJP, says Congress leaders.
Thrissur candidate and DCC president T N Prathapan told Asianet News crew that the fight in Thrissur constituency is among “us and BJP” this time. “No one else is in the picture,” he added. When the reporter pointed out that it is a sitting seat of CPI (LDF), Prathapan said: “They are seen only on the posters and hoarding. The direct fight if among Congress and BJP.”
He went on to explain the “benefit” “we” have in this scenario.
“We (himself) will go to Lok Sabha and BJP candidate [Suresh Gopi] will go to Rajya Sabha” after elections, he said. Gopi is an RS member.
In 2014 LS polls, though BJP secured only one lakh votes in the constituency, the total votes in the Assembly elections in 2016 in seven segments rose to 2 lakh. Eyeing on this, BJP state general secretary K Surendran wished to contest from here.
However, the LDF has a whopping majority of 1,22,624 votes according to the 2016 voting pattern. But Prathapan says LDF is not a force in the constituency.
CPI has fielded Rajaji Mathew Thomas from Thrissur.
In another exaggerated claim, Adv P M Suresh Babu, a Congress spokesperson, on Wednesday in a discussion on People TV said that BJP is the main opposition for its party president Rahul Gandi in Wayanad constituency. As a reply to the question of the reporter, Babu explained: “Who said BJP is not strong in Wayanad? LDF themselves declares that they are a major force in the constituency. When we analysed, we found that LDF in on the third spot. We are fighting with BJP (NDA) there.”
BDJS’ Thushar Vellappally is the NDA candidate from Wayanad.
BJP received only 80,000 votes in 2014. In 2016, it rose to 90,000.
Earlier, former chief minister Oommen Chandy had said that UDF is fighting with BJP in the Aruvikkara by polls in June 2015. UDF retained the seat while LDF became the runner up in the constituency. Chandy’s statement was considered as a boost for BJP.