Former MLA Johnny Nellore, who recently left the Kerala Congress (Joseph), formed his new political organisation, the National Progressive Party (NPP), on Saturday, 22 April. This is thought to be a move that has the support of the BJP.
On Wednesday, Nellore resigned from the party and his position as state secretary of the UDF, which is run by the Congress, in order to launch a “national-level” party that he said would represent the interests of farmers.
While VV Augustine, a former member of the National Minorities Commission, is the party’s chairperson, Nellore will serve as its acting chairman.
Augustine informed reporters that the NPP, which has the support of some of the Catholic Church in Kerala, would shortly approach the Election Commission to register its name and flag as he announced the launch of the new party in Kochi.
No political party is in opposition to us. We don’t particularly identify with the CPI(M), the BJP, or the Congress. We have a free-thinking perspective,” Augustine told the media.
He added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a well-known figure in the world and that the NPP will meet with him to discuss the party’s demands to safeguard the interests of farmers.