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An internal BJP study suggests Nirmala as the candidate for Thiruvananthapuram

<p>The vast majority of respondents in an internal opinion survey conducted by the party’s national leadership for the Thiruvananthapuram constituency wanted Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to be the party’s candidate, despite the fact that the state BJP leadership has little idea who the candidate in most of the parliament seats will be.</p>
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<p>Participants in the survey included state committee members and state council members from the Thiruvananthapuram district, as well as BJP state office-bearers. Those who supported Sitharaman informed the national leadership that the finance minister must run for office if the BJP were to defeat a contender of Shashi Tharoor’s caliber. Union Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan came in second. Actors Suresh Gopi, Mohanlal, Kummanam Rajasekharan, and V V Rajesh, the district president of the BJP, were also highlighted.</p>
<p>It’s interesting to note that the state leadership is said to have been informed by the BJP activists in the seat that the party’s chances of winning elections would be harmed by the candidacy of Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar. Rajeev is making a push for the seat in Bengaluru North. Party sources, however, informed TNIE that there is considerable resistance to his candidacy there.</p>
<p>The state leadership was instructed to wait for surprises, although the national leadership has not yet shown any inclination about the names of the candidates for the majority of the seats. The national parliamentary board will meet in New Delhi on Saturday to finalize the list of candidates for many states, including Kerala. The meeting will be attended by the board members as well as K Surendran, the state president of the BJP.</p>
<p>Surprisingly, there are no indications about the likely candidates in Mavelikkara and Kasaragod, two of the BJP’s six “A” category seats. V Muraleedharan is a near-certain candidate in Attingal. Suresh Gopi and C Krishna Kumar, the party’s state general secretary, will run in Thrissur and Palakkad, respectively. The state leadership in Kozhikode is inclined toward Sobha Surendran. K Surendran, the president of the BJP state, has notified the national leadership that he would not be running this time. The party is reportedly searching for a candidate from the Kannada-speaking group in Kasaragod as well.</p>
<p>In addition, the state leadership has shown a strong stance against longtime officials who have shown an interest in participating in politics. In the Malabar region, the name of former president C K Padmanabhan was proposed; however, the leadership rejected it due to his advanced age. For the Pathanamthitta seat, Goa Governor P S Sreedharan Pillai, whose tenure expires in September, is also being mentioned. Surendran, nevertheless, supports the recently appointed P. C. George.</p>
<p>Kummanam Rajasekharan, a senior politician, is also being considered for the same position.</p>
<p>But the state leadership wants Kummanam to run from Kollam against actor-turned-politician M Mukesh of the LDF and UDF strongman N K Premachandran. Kummanam has not reacted well to this suggestion at the same time.</p>
<p>Regarding the Palakkad seat, the BJP is also encountering opposition from Bharat Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS), the state’s principal NDA partner. The BJP informed Thushar Vellappally about the challenges involved in transferring its ‘A’ category electorate. Reps from the BDJS reportedly skipped Surendran’s statewide tour in Kozhikode to express their disapproval at the snub.</p>
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<p>Those who supported Sitharaman informed the national leadership that the finance minister must run for office if the BJP were to defeat a contender of Shashi Tharoor’s caliber.</p>
<p>Thiruvananthapuram state committee and state council members, along with BJP state office bearers, took part in the survey.</p>

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