Kerala BJP Cancels Meetings Owing to Kummanam’s Ill Health

Thiruvananthapuram: The BJP unit in Kerala has cancelled its Core Committee and State Committee meetings scheduled to be convened in Alappuzha on July 21 and 22, due to the ill health of State President Kummanam Rajasekharan.

The meeting was cancelled due to high fever, which led to hospitalisation of the party president. He was admitted to Aattukal Hospital here.  However, a meeting of state-level office-bearers will be held in the capital city on Saturday.

Meanwhile, party state general secretary MT Ramesh, whose name has been mentioned in a report by an internal probe team on the Medical College Scam, is planning to meet party national president Amit Shah in New Delhi to explain his part. He has alleged that his name was deliberately included in the report to tarnish his image by his opponents in the party.

There are also reports that the party national leadership will ask the party state president to travel to Delhi to discuss party matters. A section of party leaders feel that the factional feud existing in the party led to the allegations and leakage of the report to the media.

The State Vigilance Director has ordered a vigilance probe into the controversial Medical College Scam in which a state BJP leader allegedly received a bribe of Rs 5.6 crore from SR Medical College owner R Shaji for permission from the Medical Council of India (MCI) to start a medical college in the district.

The Vigilance probe was in the wake of a complaint received from a former city corporation member. Based on the charges, the BJP State Cooperative Cell Convenor RS Vinod was expelled from the party by the party president yesterday.