Kochi: In a setback to the ruling CPI-M in Kerala, the son of one of its tallest leaders, M.M. Lawerence, joined the BJP on Saturday.
Abraham Lawerence, who's an an advocate by profession, announced his decision to join the BJP on Saturday, saying he was fed up with the recent happenings in the party.
Reacting to the news, the veteran leader said that his son was never a Communist party member, and that the decision was entirely his son's, to which he didn't agree.
"A person who was a communist at least once cannot opt a party like BJP, he wrote in his facebook page after the news flashed in media.
Lawerence Jr was welcomed by BJP spokesperson A.N. Radhakrishnan, and national President J.P. Nadda will officially induct him into the party through an online function next week.
M.M. Lawerence (91), the former Lok Sabha member from Idukki, was an ex-Central Committee member of the party. He was also a very popular trade union activist.
On account of his age, Lawerence Sr is now leading a retired life though he attends party meetings at times.
Lawerence's daughter's son is also a BJP member.
(From IANS with inputs added)