Delhi Confidential: BJP leadership begins dialogue with Christian leaders in Kerala

Centre-forward player: Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging BJP leaders to build relationships with Christian leaders in states, such as Kerala, where the party has so far failed to make a deep impact, it appears to have started l ‘exercise. The BJP leadership, however, does not seem to trust its heads of state to push the issue forward.

BJP General (Organization) Secretary BL Santhosh reportedly had a meeting with representatives of Christian churches based in Kerala. Santhosh’s meeting came after BJP state leader K Surendran told his party colleagues that they had no initiative to approach church leaders in the state , because the national management would take care of it. With Santhosh taking the lead, insiders hope the BJP’s dream of building Christian-Hindu consolidation in Kerala will finally take shape.

Buzz about locations: With CRPF CEO Kuldiep Singh set to retire next month, there is speculation that he is unlikely to secure an extension despite the dispensation’s confidence in power. The buzz is that he is likely to be replaced by Atul Karwal, a cadre IPS officer from Gujarat, who is currently MD of NDRF. Karwal had also been speculated earlier to be appointed Delhi Police Commissioner but, in a move that surprised many, the government appointed ITBP chief Sanjay Arora for the post. There is also speculation that Karwal might get the position of head of ITBP as he is an avid mountaineer and has even climbed Mount Everest.

Condition review: The MoS Union for Agriculture and Farmer Welfare Shobha Karandlaje held a meeting on Tuesday to review the status of areca nut in the country. The meeting was attended by Agriculture Secretary Manoj Ahuja and other senior ministry officials. This is gaining significance as Karnataka, Karandlaje’s home state, is the biggest producer of the crop and is set to contest Assembly elections next year. The ruling BJP is trying to cement its base of support among farmers in the state.

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