Ex-Kerala CM’s Daughter, Padmaja Venugopal, Set to Join BJP

Padmaja Venugopal reported feeling sidelined by the Congress party leadership. Career setbacks and the Congress party’s delay in constructing K. Karunakaran’s memorial also influenced her decision to join the BJP.



Padmaja Venugopal

In a bustling college canteen somewhere in Kerala, the air was filled with the chatter of students. The smell of freshly brewed coffee pervades the air. At a corner table, three political science students are engrossed in conversation. One of them, Shaji, a political enthusiast more than anyone in the group, clamorously reads the headline of the article, “Padmaja Venugopal set to join the BJP,” on his phone.

Aisha: who is she?

“You don’t know about her, you are a second-year student of political science” Niyaaz responds to Aisha’s question.

Aisha: oh, don’t react like that I have not heard her name before and also I am not aware of every politician’s name.

Shaji: he is the daughter of the late former Kerala Chief Minister and Congress leader K Karunakaran. Currently, Padmaja Venugopal is a General Secretary of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC). She was also a member of the Thazhappaya Employees Union, the Technical Educational Society of India and the INTUC Working Committee.

Aisha: Yeah, now I remember. Padmaja Venugopal is the first woman who hold the position of Thrissur DCC President, right?

Niyaaz: Yes, right. Her political shift will be significant for the politics of Kerala.

Aisha: But why is she leaving the Indian National Congress? And joining the BJP. I mean, she has a deep connection with the Congress party. Her father was also at the party.

Shaji: There are many reasons behind her decision.

Niyaaz: Go on. We have time.

Shaji: Okay. So, she reported that she was feeling sidelined by the Congress party leadership. For example, there was an incident where Padmaja Venugopal was prevented from entering Priyanka Gandhi’s vehicle during their election campaign rally.

Aisha: It must have been hurtful and embarrassing.

Niyaaz: Yes. She is one of the important political figures in Kerala politics. If that had happened with a newcomer, it would have been a different situation.

Aisha: And other reasons?

Shaji: Her career setbacks are one of the main reasons. After the 2004 Lok Sabha election, there was a noticeable decline in her political influence in the Congress party. In the last two assembly elections, she was defeated in the Thrissur constituency.

Niyaaz: There was some news about K. Karunakran’s memorial; what’s that?

Shaji: Yes, the Congress is putting off the construction of K. Karunakaran’s memorial. All these events might have influenced Padmaja Venugopal’s decision to join the BJP.

Aisha: When is she joining the BJP?

Shaji: As per reports, she may join on Thursday after discussing with the BJP’s national leader in Delhi.

Niyaaz: Is there any brother or sister of hers in the Congress party?

Shaji: Padmaja Venugopal’s brother, K. Muraleedharan, is in the Congress party. He is also a member of the Lok Sabha.

Aisha: What is his response to this?

Shaji: Wait, I am reading that one.

Niyaaz: Her decision will affect her relationship with his brother.

Shaji: It is affecting. K. Muraleedharan was surprised by her decision and mentioned being blocked by Padmaja. In his recent statement, he said “No more brother-sister relations” as she decided to join the BJP and said that her decision won’t impact the Party’s strength.

Aisha: So, Padmaja Venugopal’s decision to join the BJP increases not only political tension and family tension.

Shaji: yes, Now it is interesting to see what will happen in Kerala’s politics.

Aiah: so, till then let’s go to the class. And tell me if there are any updates.

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FAQ

1. Who is Padmaja Venugopal?

Padmaja Venugopal is the daughter of the late former Kerala Chief Minister and Congress leader K Karunakaran. She is currently a General Secretary of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC).

2. Why is Padmaja Venugopal leaving the Indian National Congress?

Padmaja Venugopal reported feeling sidelined by the Congress party leadership, citing incidents like being prevented from entering Priyanka Gandhi’s vehicle during an election campaign rally. Career setbacks and the Congress party’s delay in constructing K Karunakaran’s memorial also influenced her decision.

3. When will Padmaja Venugopal join the BJP?

As per reports, Padmaja Venugopal may join the BJP on Thursday after discussing with the party’s national leader in Delhi.

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