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Trivandrum:

Poonjar MLA and the Kerala Janapaksham party leader P.C. George has joined NDA. It was officially announced in a press meet on Wednesday evening in the presence of BJP state president P.S. Sreedharan Pillai and the Kerala Janapaksham leaders, at Trivandrum. Along with Janapaksham, Democratic Labour Party and Kamaraj Congress of Vishnupuram Chandrasekharan also joined the BJP, announced by P.S. Sreedharan Pillai.

George said the party unanimously decided to join NDA considering the pro-farmer initiatives and schemes implemented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“For the last 50 years, the Kerala Congress promised to announce rubber as an agricultural crop but in vain. Modi made it a reality. He gave all farmers Rs. 6,000 without considering the extent of land they owned. His farmer-friendly actions attracted us,” PC said. He also said he wanted to join the UDF, and alleged that the UDF leadership cheated on him.

While announcing the decision, George added that the NDA’s Trivandrum candidate will win the Lok Sabha elections to be held on April 23 with the votes of his party workers alone. Former Mizoram governor Kummanam Rajasekharan is the NDA candidate from the Trivandrum Lok Sabha seat. Earlier, George had revealed his support of NDA’s Pathanamthitta candidate K. Surendran, who is the state secretary of the BJP.

P.C. George, who represents Poonjar constituency, has been the former UDF chief whip. Though he had tried for re-entry to the front after a conflict, Congress rejected the proposal. Earlier, he had co-operated with BJP MLA O. Rajagopal in the Assembly during the Sabarimala controversy. During the flaming days Sabarimala issue, he had arrived at the Legislative Assembly dressed in black shirt, which is typical of Ayyappa devotees, to register his protest against the Government’s actions.

George’s constituency, Poonjar is part of Kottayam and hence BJP knows his support is vital for its prospects in the district. George can also act as a bridge between BJP and prominent Christian denominations and help the party widen its base which would help them in the general election.

It is observed that the BJP, which had lost several political friends recently, will find P.C. George’s decision a booster and his presence will help it vocally raise the Sabarimala issue in the election campaigns.

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