The BJP state secretary K. Surendran, on Thursday, filed fresh nomination again as the state government informed the Kerala High Court that almost 240 cases have been registered against him. Meanwhile, Surendran alleged that the Kerala government is trying to eliminate him from the election fray. It was on March 30, Surendran had filed his nomination stating that only 20 cases were against him.
According to the reports, the state government had submitted an affidavit in the High Court saying there were almost 240 cases registered against him at various police stations in the state. But, Surendran didn’t receive any notice or summons for the extra 220 cases on the affidavit filed by the government.
The charges against Surendran include criminal conspiracy, attempt to murder and damaging public property. Most of the cases against Surendran are in connection with the protests organised by BJP to resist the entry of menstruating women into the Sabarimala temple. During the issue, K. Surendran was in the forefront and was in jail for three weeks. At last, the court was granting him bail with stringent conditions, including that he should not enter Pathanamthitta district for two months.
“LDF government is trying to hunt down its political opponents. The cases with malicious intent wouldn’t stand the scrutiny of law. We will fight the cases legally,” Surendran said. He is contesting against two-time MP Anto Antony of Congress and Aranmula MLA Veena George of Left.
The BJP spokesperson M.S. Kumar accused the LDF government of resorting to politics of revenge against Surendran. “Surendran is accused of destruction of public properties across the state during hartals. While one case was registered at Cantonment police station in Trivandrum at 11 am on January 2, a similar case was registered against him at Kumbala police station in Kasargod at 11.30 am on the same day. All the 220 cases were registered on January 2 and 3. It’s humanly impossible for a person to be present at these many places in 48 hours. Since Surendran had not called for the hartal, there is no provision to implicate him,” Kumar said.
At the same time, Shobha Surendran, BJP’s Attingal candidate, also resubmitted her nomination on Thursday, as some serious lapses found in her nomination papers.