NDA on Monday announced Thushar Vellapally of Bharat Dharma Jana Sena to be its candidate in Kerala’s Wayanad constituency against Congress President Rahul Gandhi.
The BDJS is the political arm of the Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam (SNDP), which wroks predominantly for the Ezhava community. The party was formed in 2015 and secured 4.47 percent votes in 2016 assembly elections in the state.
BJP president Amit Shah on Monday tweeted, “I proudly announce Shri Thushar Vellappally, President of Bharat Dharma Jana Sena as NDA candidate from Wayanad. A vibrant and dynamic youth leader, he represents our commitment towards development and social justice. With him, NDA will emerge as Kerala’s political alternative.”
The BJP has stitched an alliance with BDJS and Kerala Congress in the state for Lok Sabha elections.
BDJS has been allotted five Lok Sabha seats as per the seat-sharing agreement while the BJP is contesting from 14 seats and Kerala Congress from one.
Earlier, Congress had announced that Rahul Gandhi will be contesting from Wayanad parliamentary constitruency in Kerala along with his traditional bastion Amethi in Uttar Pradesh to further strengthen the unity of North and South.