BJP president Amit Shah on Monday announced the name of Thushar Vellappally, president of Bharat Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS), as the NDA candidate from Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency. He will be facing Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, whose candidature was announced by the party on Sunday.
"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," Shah tweeted.
The BDJS is an ally of the NDA and has been allotted five seats in the southern state.
Days ago, Vellappally had announced that he will contest from Thrissur Lok Sabha constituency. He had also said if Rahul Gandhi contests from Wayanad then there can be a change in the party candidate from that constituency.
According to reports, the BDJS chief did a hard bargaining with the central leadership of the BJP regarding him getting a Rajya Sabha seat if he fails to win the Lok Sabha seat from Thrissur.
With Thushar contesting the polls, without resigning the post of SNDP Yogam vice-president, the BJP has ensured the support of the SNDP Yogam, the powerful body of the Ezhava community.
This is a major gain for the party as the NSS has already thrown its weight behind the BJP in several seats and had extended its support to the Sabarimala Ayyappa Karma Samithi which has a major RSS presence.