Interview With : O Rajagopal, veteran Bharatiya Janata Party leader
Updated on: 14 Jun 2016
'What we mean by Congress-mukt Bharat is they should be thrown out of power, and not out of the country.' 'There are many people in my party who eat beef.' O Rajagopal, who made history by becoming the first BJP MLA in the Kerala assembly, speaks to Shobha Warrier/Rediff.com
O Rajagopal, the veteran Bharatiya Janata Party leader, after fighting many elections, finally won from the Nemam constituency in the Kerala assembly election. His is the first and only seat won by the BJP.
Minister of state for defence and parliamentary affairs, urban development, law and justice and company affairs, and railways in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, Rajagopal, left, below, tells Shobha Warrier/Rediff.com about contesting elections at the age of 86, working with Vajpayee and two years of Narendra Modi.
The BJP won just one seat in the assembly elections and the NDA (National Democratic Alliance) has a vote share of 15%. Are you satisfied with the result?
I am not fully satisfied with the result, but I am satisfied that the BJP got a representation in the Kerala assembly in spite of the combined efforts of the two fronts -- the UDF (United Democratic Front) and the LDF (Left Democratic Front) -- of not letting the BJP to enter the assembly.
We were in second position in seven places and secured 30,000 votes in more than 30 constituencies, which is a good performance.
As far as the NDA is concerned, this is our first experience, so there is no previous figures to compare. The total impact of the NDA is that the Third Front has become a factor (in Kerala) and cannot be ignored.
Do you see a three cornered contest hereafter in Kerala?