Thiruvananthapuram | Aiming to make inroads into Kerala’s bipolar political space, the Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam, a social organisation of the backward Ezhava community, today announced the formation of a new political party — Bharat Dharma Jana Sena — to ensure equal rights and justice for all.
The aim of the party is not to make a Hindu rashtra. This is a secular party, SNDP General Secretary Vellapally Natesan said at the launch of the new outfit at a massive rally on Shankumukham beach here following the culmination of his 16- day ‘Samathwa Munnata Yatra’ to unite Hindu caste outfits.
Questioning the secular credentials of mainstream political parties, Natesan hit out at both the ruling Congress -led UDF and CPI(M)-headed LDF in the state and said it was an ‘adjustment rule’ all these years by the two alliances, which have enjoyed stints in power alternately.
The formation of a new political outfit ahead of Assembly polls next year assumes significance as SNDP has been warming to BJP in the state since the recently held civic polls, which saw the saffron party improving its position, though not on expected lines.
The tie-up between BJP and SNDP had come after a series of visits by BJP President Amit Shah to Kerala and meetings with Natesan, who also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi recently. Both UDF and LDF had fiercely attacked the SNDP leader during the run up to the civic polls and during the yatra, which began from Kasaragod on November 21.
After UDF and LDF leaders unitedly attacked the yatra, Natesan had claimed that his efforts to bring together the majority community seems to have unnerved them as he alleged that several hurdles were created by them to thwart him. Two cases have been registered against me.
One for an alleged communal hate speech and another for alleged irregularities in a micro-finance scheme run by SNDP, he said. While CPI(M) veteran VS Achuthanandan had filed a vigilance complaint seeking a probe into alleged irregularities of Rs 15 crore in the micro-finance scheme of SNDP, KPCC President VM Sudheeran had sought legal action alleging that Natesan was trying to divide society along religious lines.
Hitting out at both leaders, 79-year-old Natesan had termed them ‘renegades’ and said they are both from the Ezhava community and are baying for my blood.
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