Thushar Vellappally, the state president of BDJS (Bharath Dharma Jana Sena), will start his electoral debut as NDA’s candidate from Thrissur. It was in the press meet summoned on Wednesday at Alleppey, Thushar put an end to the suspense that remained over the candidature in Thrissur and Wayanad. BDJS’s Paily Vathiattu will contest from Wayanad, a constituency that is also speculated to be Congress National President Rahul Gandhi’s second seat.
In Thrissur, Thushar will be pitted against CPI’s Rajaji Mathew and T.N. Prathapan of Congress. In all the five seats allotted to BDJS from NDA, they had announced candidates of the three seats earlier. The party is fielding Biju Krishnan in Idukki, Thazhava Sahadevan in Mavelikkara and T.V. Babu in Alathur.
With the declaration of BDJS candidates, the NDA’s final list of Lok Sabha candidates for the 20 seats in Kerala has been completed. While BJP will contest from 14 seats, BDJS candidates will be fielded in five seats and the Kerala Congress P.C. Thomas group has been given one seat in Kottayam.
“After a meeting with the general council and the district committee members of the BDJS, I have been allotted Thrissur seat, and I accept it. I will start the campaigning from Friday.” Thushar told media. ” I have an emotional connect with Thrissur as I completed my studies from Irinjalakkuda. I have many good friends there. BDJS also has influence in Thrissur. So there is no doubt about it. I will win for sure. If I wouldn’t, then why should I contest from there”, he added.
At the same time, Thushar also responded that he will not resign from the post of Vice President of SNDP Yogam. And his candidature will not be a hindrance in discharging his role in the organisation, he said.
Party’s Wayanad candidate Paily Vathiattu has been the candidate from Peravoor in Kannur district for the Kerala Assembly elections in 2016. And now in the upcoming election, he will contest against P.P. Suneer of CPI. However, the 2019 Lok Sabha election will be the first Lok Sabha election of BDJS, which was floated in 2015.