New Delhi | The Kerala unit of BJP may find its new president in Kummanam Rajasekharan, a right wing Hindu leader. The BJP core committee assembled today zeroed in the name and the announcement may take place on Thursday. Other name cropped up for the post was of Balashankar, former editor of RSS mouthpiece The Organizer.
The present leadership in Kerala was in favour of Kummanam and the incumbent president V Muraleedharan put forth the name. Being relatively unknown in the political scene in Kerala for several years became apparently a disqualifying factor for Balashankar. BJP national president Amit Shah had invited Kummanam to Delhi on Tuesday for discussions.
Kummanam is the state general secretary of the Hindu Aikya Vedi and is a prominent Hindu leader who tirelessly worked in bringing up RSS in Kerala. He played the most important and pivotal role in the historical ‘movement against Nilakkal temple land encroachment’ and ‘Paliyam Declaration’ pronounced by prominent Hindu religious scholars.
He was born in a village Kummanam in Kottayam and studied at CMS college. Started his career as a journalist in Deepika daily in 1974. In 1987, he resigned from his government job in FCI and became a full-time pracharak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.
He was instrumental in bringing together several spiritual organisations and encouraging them to work for the improvement of the Hindus. He held the responsibilities of Hindu Aikya Vedi organisation secretary, Sabarimala Ayyappa Sewa Samajam general secretary and Janmabhumi daily chairman.
He stays single and leads a life away from his immediate family. In 2012, he took another monumental struggle on his shoulder, Agitation against KGS Aranmula International Airport. Through this he became the face of ‘Green Fight’ in BJP. Now he is the Chief Patron of Aranmula Heritage Village Action Council, which protests against the said Airport.