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BJP To Re-Think Implying “North India Strategy” in Kerala After Vote Count Decline; Report

The Bharatiya Janata Party is reportedly sitting down to discuss their rather poor performance in the recent assembly polls, the top State leaders of BJP have declared that the North India strategies won’t work in Kerala.

BJP Vote Count Falls In Kerala

As per the latest reports, the vote count came as a shocker when the party saw a fall. The vote count fell from 15.01 percent in the 2016 Assembly polls to a 12.47 percent after the votes were counted on Sunday for the 140 member Kerala Assembly.

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However, the party managed to come second in nine constituencies. This setback reportedly comes after the biggest leader of BJP including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath came to the state more than once and other leaders like Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Smriti Irani came only once.

At the same time, Former State BJP President C.K Padmanabhan who was the party candidate against Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan from the Dharamadom constituency in Kannur managed to come third with a little over 14,000 votes.

CK Padmanabhan Credits Victory to Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan

On Tuesday, Padmanabhan spoke to the media and said the victory is actually because of Vijayan. He further said that the people of Kerala wishes for a second term for Vijayan and they must welcome the verdict of the people.

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He added that if people think that the strategy that was adopted in North India would work in Kerala, they must re-think. Furthermore, he criticised the manner in which the present State president of BJP K. Surendra contested in two constituencies and said that it was not needed.

He said that the party must take correctional steps to ensure that the things go as per the party’s wishes. In a recent party meeting, the decision was taken to constitute a committee that will look into the reasons behind the decline and suggest changes.