February 2, 2023
NDTV News


Ok Surendran is the chief of the BJP in Kerala.

Thiruvananthapuram:

An FIR (first info report) has been filed towards the BJP’s Kerala chief – the second in much less that 10 days – on the allegation that he had given cash to a tribal chief to return to the BJP-led alliance as a candidate for the meeting election held in April.

The case towards Ok Surendran was registered on Thursday following an area courtroom’s order after a criticism by a pacesetter of Muslim Students Federation chief, PK Navas. The criticism was filed on the premise of alleged audio clips.

The treasurer of the BJP’s personal native alliance companion, Janathipathya Rashtriya Party (JRP), had earlier alleged that Mr Surendran paid Rs. 10 lakh to tribal chief CK Janu to return to the NDA (National Democratic Alliance) as a candidate for the meeting polls. Ms Janu and Ms Surendran have denied the allegation.

“It’s a false allegation, only to defame and accuse K Surendran, the state president of the BJP… To tarnish his image. This is a conspiracy between the CPM, the Congress and the Muslim League,” BJP chief and former Mizoran Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan mentioned.

The first FIR against Mr Surendran was filed for allegedly bribing a rival candidate into withdrawing his election nomination.

Ok Sundara – who filed papers as a candidate from Mayawati’s BSP – alleged he was given Rs. 2.5 lakh by the BJP to withdraw from the race for the Manjeswaram constituency.

Kerala’s CPM-led ruling entrance and the opposition Congress-led UDF have lashed out on the BJP-led Centre over the row over the state BJP chief.

“The BJP is ruling at the Centre and must uphold democratic traditions. Unfortunately, they haven’t. They have been caught in daylight before the people of Kerala,” CPM state secretary A Vijayaraghavan mentioned.

“The question is why is PM Modi is not asking K Surendran to step down. Mr Modi, in 2014, had said na khaoonga, na khane doonga (wouldn’t take bribe, wouldn’t let others take bribe). But here, they show no accountability,” Congress spokesperson Dr Shama Mohamed mentioned.

The FIRs have been filed a time when the BJP chief and his social gathering are going through a number of allegations, together with one by Janathipathya Rashtriya Party (JRP) and one other over Rs. 3.5 crore in hawala cash “stolen” from a automobile three days earlier than voting.

The BJP misplaced the Kerala election, with the ruling Left successful 99 of 140 seats to assert a historic second consecutive time period.

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