After Padmaja Venugopal and Padmini Thomas, Maheswaran Nair joins BJP from Congress in Kerala

With his entry, the BJP has received a shot in the arm in Thiruvananthapuram ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.


Published Mar 20, 2024 | 8:04 PMUpdatedMar 20, 2024 | 8:05 PM

Maheswaran Nair

In a fresh embarrassment to the Congress in Kerala ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, another senior leader and a loyalist of former chief minister K Karunakaran quit the grand old party on Wednesday, 20 March, and joined the BJP.

Maheswaran Nair, who had served as the Opposition leader in the Thiruvananthapuram corporation, was welcomed to the BJP by NDA candidate and Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar by draping a shawl during a function in the state capital.

Senior BJP leader K Krishnadas and party district president VV Rajesh were also present while welcoming Nair, who had served as a member of the KPCC executive.

Talking to reporters later, the former Congress leader said the far-sighted vision of Chandrasekhar for the development of Thiruvananthapuram and Kerala had attracted him to the saffron party.

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Alleges failure to ensure development

The Thiruvananthapuram corporation had failed to implement even a masterplan for the development of the capital, he alleged.

“I met Chandrasekhar ji only some days ago. But within these limited days, I understood that he has a far-sighted vision for the development of not just Thiruvananthapuram but for the entire state,” he said.

He also said he had held discussions with various social and religious leaders about this and they also opined that Chandrasekhar should be elected to the Lok Sabha this time for the comprehensive development of the constituency.

Nair joining the BJP came days after several people including Karunakaran’s daughter Padmaja Venugopal, former Indian athlete Padmini Thomas and ex-District Congress Committee general secretary Thampanoor Satheesh joined the party after quitting the Congress.

With his entry, the BJP has received a shot in the arm in Thiruvananthapuram, where the party is pitted against the Congress and the Left in the LS polls.

Sitting MP and senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor and Pannian Raveendran of the CPI are Chandrasekhar’s main rivals in the constituency.

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