Palakkad: A councillor, who had resigned from Congress in Palakkad, has joined BJP. Saravanan, the councillor of Kalpathy ward, has made this move. Palakkad is the only BJP-ruled municipality in Kerala.

Congress’s Saravanan of Palakkad municipality had dramatically quit his post just before a no-confidence motion moved by UDF against BJP's municipality chairperson and vice-chairperson. The no-confidence motion failed as the opposition had lost a member.

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To pass the no-confidence motion, the opposition needs the support of 27 members. They also need the support of CPM members and welfare members to pass the motion. If anyone's vote becomes invalid, then the no-confidence motion will fail. 

CPM has not yet made its stand clear. The chairperson suspended five Congress members during the previous municipality elections.

BJP state president Sreedharan Pillai had earlier claimed that 12 leaders from other parties will join the party on Monday.

The identity of these 12 leaders has not been revealed yet. At the time, councillor Saravanan, who had resigned from Congress in Palakkad, joined BJP.

Pillai also had said that a former district president of SFI, former DCC secretary and local convenors of LDF will join BJP. He also said that the membership process has been completed and that everyone is waiting for an official confirmation.

According to various reports, Keralites are eagerly waiting and watching as to see who all will join BJP in the state.

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Earlier, people were wondering if Mollywood superstar Mohanlal’s visit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a sign of him joining BJP. The mutual messages on Twitter they exchanged on the occasion of Modi’s birthday added fuel to the fiery suspicion that Mohanlal might join the saffron party.

There are also rumours that Kerala Congress leader K Sudhakaran might also join BJP.

Earlier, he had stated that a woman who is menstruating is considered “impure”.
"It is a belief that came into existence before the birth of Indian constitution. Such beliefs can't be rectified," he had said in Kannur, criticising the Supreme Court’s historic judgment of allowing women of all ages into the famous Sabarimala temple.