Congress leader Udit Raj sparked row after he said that the BJP failed to win even one seat till date in Kerala because of the people there are educated and not blind followers.
The Dalit leader who was denied BJP ticket to seek re-election from North West Delhi constituency joined the Congress and alleged that the saffron party was anti-Dalit. He further said that he was fighting for the rights of the Dalit community due to which he went against the party line.
Raj switched sides a day after the BJP gave the ticket to singer Hans Raj Hans from the reserved seat which Udit Raj represented in the Lok Sabha. He also said that he wanted to join the Congress since 2012-13 and claimed that Rahul Gandhi knew about this.
केरल में भाजपा आज तक 1 भी सीट नही जीत पाई, जानते हैं क्यों ?— Dr. Udit Raj, MP (@Dr_Uditraj)
क्योंकि वहां के लोग शिक्षित हैं, अंधभक्त नही
Addressing a press conference after joining the Congress, Udit Raj said: “The BJP carried out internal surveys by various agencies of all the seven seats in Delhi, and out of the seven Lok Sabha constituencies the only positive feedback came from my seat.”
Responding to Raj's statement BJP leader Tom Vadakkan, who had recently left the grand old party, said that Raj has no idea about Kerala or its background. Meanwhile, the exit polls by various agencies have predicted that the BJP will finally open its account in Kerala with the Congress-led UDF getting 16 seats while the Left will get six seats.
The BJP has high expectations in Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta, Palakkad and at Thrissur. Kerala BJP spokesperson JR Padmakumar also claimed that the BJP will be opening three seats. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the UDF won 12 seats; the CPI-M-led LDF won eight, while the BJP failed to open its account.