Bharath Dharma Jana Sena
Bharath Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS) is a political party in Kerala, India. Thushar Vellappally is the current national president of BDJS. BDJS is a constituent of National Democratic Alliance in Kerala.
BDJS was formed in December 2015 with the aim of the well-being and development of the Ezhava communities in Kerala. BDJS claims that, there mission is to ensure social justice and equality to all sections of the society in.
BDJS is the political wing of SNDP Yogam. In 1976, the SNDP had formed the Socialist Republican Party (SRP) which won two seats in the 1982 Kerala Legislative Assembly election but soon faded into oblivion due to internal issues.
In the 2016 Kerala Legislative Assembly election, BDJS was part of National Democratic Alliance and contested in 37 seats (out of 140) but won none. In the 2019 Lok Sabha election in Kerala, BDJS contested in 4 seats (out of 20) and won none. Party president Thushar Vellapally contested in Wayanad and lost by a huge margin against Rahul Gandhi.
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