New Delhi | In a politically significant move, leader of Kerala’s numerically strong Ezhava community Vellapally Natesan today met BJP president Amit Shah and discussed with him the political situation in the state.
Vellapally, who is the General Secretary of Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana (SNDP) Yogam, the social organisation of Ezhavas in Kerala, discussed the problems faced by the majority Hindu community in the state and sought their unity.
He discussed political issues pertaining to the state with Shah and later said the organisation was ready to work with anyone who would protect the interests of Hindus. Why should there be untouchability towards BJP, which is the ruling party of the country? In Kerala, we want unity of majority community, because other political forces are ignoring the cause of the majority community, he said after the meeting.
He said while SNDP members have in the past contested local polls as candidates of different parties, there was no problem of people contesting from BJP. Vellapally was in the national capital to invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the unveiling of the statue of R Shankar in Kerala.
Since Prime Minister cancelled his appointments due to the demise of former President A P J Abdul Kalam, Vellapally decided to meet the BJP chief. He was accompanied by his son Tushar Vellapally, who is the vice president of the SNDP.
We discussed the problems faced by the majority community in Kerala. We feel that the majority community should unite, Tushar told PTI. He, however, made it clear that SNDP Yogam had no plans to form a political outfit. There is no possibility of any tie-up with BJP as of now, he said.
Vellapally Natesan had earlier said that the CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front has not helped the community in any way whereas Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has offered some help. Vellapally has played a major role in bringing up the Ezhava community as a politically strong group in Kerala.
Asked about the meeting, Vellapally said he met Shah to request him to name the proposed Central university in Kerala after Sree Narayana Guru, founder of SNDP. A memorandum to Shah has already been handed over by him in this regard.
Sources said the BJP central leadership is keen to strike a partnership with the Yogam in Kerala, as the party gets singled-out between the Left and the Congress in the state.
Sources add that the RSS and VHP leadership also wanted such an alliance of the majority Hindus in Kerala, where the BJP is trying to get a political foothold. Kerala BJP unit chief V Muraleedharan, however, said the meeting should not be given any political overtones.
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