The steep fall within the vote percentage of Bharat Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS), the political arm of backward Hindu Ezhava group outfit Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam, could have in large part contributed to the BJP-led NDA’s deficient display within the Kerala meeting elections.
Vote casting patterns in many of the 21 constituencies, from the place the BDJS contested as an NDA best friend, point out that backward Hindu electorate deserted the BJP in massive numbers. In lots of of those seats, the LDF emerged victorious or advanced its vote percentage in comparison to the former elections in 2016.
The Ezhava group has been historically a CPI (M) vote financial institution.
SNDP Yogam common secretary and BDJS patron Vellappally Natesan mentioned, “Clearly, the BDJS votes have long past to the LDF this time. This is the reason the LDF may win 99 out of 140 seats. The Ezhava and different backward communities have stood in the back of the LDF like a rock. Such communities realised that best the LDF can save you the rising affect of IUML in state politics. On every occasion the Congress involves energy, the IUML could be calling the pictures within the UDF.”
Natesan mentioned the NDA does now not exist as political entrance in Kerala. “The BJP has misplaced all allies with the exception of the BDJS. The BJP has hijacked the NDA in Kerala. They don’t take allies into self belief in Kerala as there is not any harmony. The higher caste Hindus within the BJP would now not vote for applicants from Hindu backward communities,’’ he mentioned.
BJP state president Okay Surendran used to be now not to be had for remark. However a senior chief mentioned within the constituencies from the place the BDJS contested, best BJP votes have been polled in favour of the NDA this time. “The BJP didn’t have the benefit of BDJS. That birthday celebration’s votes went to the CPI (M) in numerous constituencies as a part of a pre-poll deal. LDF gained 40-odd seats with a margin lower than 5,000 every. In such seats, the BDJS votes or Ezhava votes went in favour of the LDF,’’ mentioned the chief.
Since 2016, the BJP has had a strained relation with BDJS, which steadily threatened to stroll out of the NDA. Within the run-up to this 12 months’s elections, the BDJS had suffered a break up. Whilst the birthday celebration contested 21 seats, senior best friend BJP contested in 115 seats.
Whilst the BJP vote percentage this time used to be 11.20 in line with cent, marginally upper than the ten.53 in line with cent it recorded within the 2016 polls, the BDJS were given 1.10 in line with cent vote percentage, down from 3.93 in line with cent within the earlier meeting elections. This driven down the NDA vote percentage to twelve.39 in line with cent this time – a vital dip from 14.93 in line with cent in 2016.
By the way, the NDA’s 2016 efficiency, which noticed its vote percentage develop from 6.6 in line with cent in 2011, used to be pushed through two components: it used to be the primary meeting elections in Kerala after Narendra Modi was the Top Minister and, secondly, the BJP had an best friend within the newly-floated Hindu birthday celebration BDJS.This time, even though the BJP excited by 30 out of 140 meeting seats, with senior leaders contesting from there, it did not get any luck. The birthday celebration may come 2d best in 9 seats, in a lot of them with a discounted vote percentage.
It used to be worse for the BDJS, which noticed a confirmed drastic fall in votes within the seats it contested in comparison to the 2016 effects. In lots of such seats, the CPI (M) emerged because the gainer – and winner.
In some constituencies, the castes of Congress and CPM applicants looked as if it would had been a vital issue for the BJP’s destiny. In Kunnamangalam, each LDF and UDF had Muslims applicants in 2016, whilst the BJP had senior chief C Okay Padmanabhan, who were given 18.13 in line with cent of the votes polled. This time, the Congress fielded a Hindu, and the BJP’s vote percentage dipped to fourteen.28.