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Not eyeing specific posts: Kannanthanam

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Says he joined BJP since he agreed with its tenets

BJP is not favouring CPI(M): Muraleedharan


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The former IAS officer and MLA Alphons Kannanthanam, who joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) recently, said here on Monday that he was not aiming for any specific posts in the party.

He was replying to a question on whether he wanted to become a MP instead of a MLA at a press conference. (Mr. Kannanthanam had decided not to contest from the Poonjar constituency after the Communist Party of India (Marxist) granted him a ticket). Mr. Kannanthanam said he would do whatever he was assigned by the party.

He said the Catholic Church had not intervened in his work as a MLA or his candidature in Poonjar. He had joined the BJP because he was in agreement with the basic policies of the party such as nationalism, religious freedom and development that should reach all. There was freedom to think and work within the framework of the party. He said the government should reach out to the people to eliminate poverty. The delivery system should improve so that the money spent by the government reached the people. He had shown that this was possible in Kanjirappally. He had also shown that politics could be clean.

BJP State president V. Muraleedharan, who was with Mr. Kannanthanam, said the allocation of the Malampuzha seat to the party's ally Janata Dal (United) did not show that the BJP was favouring the CPI(M) in the constituency. The BJP had a presence in the constituency. The seat was allotted to the Janata Dal (United) so that the party could work for it. “Allies are given constituencies where the BJP has a base and not vice-versa. This was what the Congress too had done in constituencies such as Mattannur.”

Mr. Muraleedharan said Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj would inaugurate the party's election campaign in Thiruvananthapuram on April 1. She would address women's conventions in Nemom and Kattakkada constituencies.

He said party president Nitin Gadkari, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, former party national presidents Rajnath Singh and Venkaiah Naidu would campaign for the party in Kerala.

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