BJP confident of registering effective presence in Ker: Swaraj

BJP said it would contest all the 140 seats in the coming Kerala polls and was hopeful of registering an `effective presence` in the house.

Kochi: BJP, which is yet to make its presence in the state assembly, today said it would contest all the 140 seats in the coming polls and was hopeful of registering an `effective presence` in the house.

`We will register our effective presence in the Kerala assembly`, Seior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj told reporters here after a meeting of the party`s core group in kerala.

In kerala, we will be contesting as BJP and on BJP`s symbol, she said.

However, she refused to hazard a guess on the number of seats the party expected to win. `Iam not an astrologer`, she said adding even pollsters have proved wrong.

Pointing that there was a great anti incumbency factor against the ruling Left front government and against congress, she said the two fronts are two sides of the same coin.
Asked if the BJP would ask for re-opening of the Ice Cream parlour sex case in the light of new revelations and allegations cropping up against former IUML minister, PK Kunhalikutty, swaraj said courts have to decide on re-opening of the case. Parties cannot decide.

Be it in the issue of price rise, corruption, selection of CVC congress is in the dock in all the fronts, she said adding the congress has no answers.

BJP is being seen as an active and effective opposition. `We are performign this role as watchdog, but in kerala this role is missing, she said.
The party has set in motion the process of selection of candidates in all the 140 constituencies. Former state presidents have been given the task of shortlisting the candidates in different districts.

Swaraj said an election management commtitee would be constituted to oversee the management of election.

The BJP leader, who will be overseeing party matters in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in view of the assembly polls due this year, said she would be meeting TN BJP leaders on Feb 4.

PTI