Kerala polls 2016: BJP announces tie-up with BDJS

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New Delhi, March 4: The BJP on Thursday announced a tie-up with the Bhartiya Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS) in Kerala, which will go to polls in a month or two.

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The BJP said the people of the state were "fed-up" with the ruling United Democratic Front (UDF) and main opposition Left Democratic Front (LDF) and hope that the nationalist forces do well in the state.

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Union minister J P Nadda, who announced the tie-up at the paty office, said: "... Aspiration with nationalists forces (in Kerala) is immense. We have always tried that nationalist forces come together. We will see to it that our front comes victorious," as per the PTI.

The BDJS is connected to a social organisation called Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana, which largely represents the influential Ezhava community. The BDJS was formed recently and its chief Tushar Vellapally said his party was joining the NDA unconditionally.

According to Nadda, electoral politics in the state has undergone a big change after the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. He also referred to the performance of the BJP in a recent Assembly by-poll and local body elections in the state in which the party bagged a considerable chunk of votes.

He said power has changed hands between the UDF and LDF in Kerala for a long time now but the state has only seen violence and no development during this time.

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