K Karunakaran will not be handed over to the BJP: K Muraleedharan

"An organisation that Karunakaran opposed all his life has now got an opportunity to play with his image," the Congress MP remarked.


Published Mar 09, 2024 | 12:14 PMUpdatedMar 09, 2024 | 12:14 PM

K Muraleedharan

K Muraleedharan, Congress MP and son of party stalwart and former Kerala chief minister K Karunakaran, on Friday, 8 March, said that his father’s legacy is an “asset” of the grand old party and “would not be handed over to the BJP”.

Speaking to reporters after being nominated to represent the Thrissur Lok Sabha constituency, Muraleedharan was referring to the use of Karunakaran’s image alongside those of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Padmaja Venugopal in a BJP banner put up in Nilambur in the northern Kerala district of Malappuram.

“An organisation that Karunakaran opposed all his life has now got an opportunity to play with his image,” the Congress MP remarked regretfully.

K Karunakaran. (Supplied)

K Karunakaran. (Supplied)

“As long as we all are alive, we will not relinquish him” to the BJP, he asserted.

Muraleedharan, who is contesting against actor-turned-politician Suresh Gopi and LDF candidate VS Sunil Kumar in Thrissur, said that the Congress aims to push the BJP into the third spot in every constituency in the state.

“They (BJP) will not be allowed to touch ground in Kerala,” he declared.

He said he would be leaving for Thrissur on Saturday, 9 March, and would fulfill the responsibility given to him by the party.

Muraleedharan rejected reporters’ queries on whether his nomination to represent Thrissur instead of Vatakara, from where he won last time, was influenced by his sister Padmaja’s decision to join the BJP.

Padmaja joined the BJP on Thursday, 7 March.

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