Kozhikode: Kerala JD(U) president M P Veerendra Kumar Wednesday announced his decision to resign from the Rajya Sabha.
Veerendra Kumar said he did not want to continue as the Member of Parliament of the party led by Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.
“I have taken a decision to resign from Rajya Sabha. I do not wish to continue as RS member under Mr Nitish Kumar who joined Sangh Parivar,” he told reporters.
Veerendra Kumar was elected to the Rajya Sabha in March, 2016.
"I have already communicated the decision to Mr Nitish Kumar," he said.
Asked when he will put in his papers, Veerendra Kumar said 'I will let you (media) know'.
On his plans, Veerendra Kumar said: "First, we will discuss the party's future in the state committee and decide the further course of action."
He said the Bihar chief minister told him not to resign and that he considered him as one of the tall socialist leaders in the country.
"But I have conveyed my decision to Mr Nitish Kumar and party", he said.
JD(U) is presently a partner in the Congress-led UDF Opposition in Kerala. .
Veerendra Kumar joined the UDF fold after snapping ties with the CPM-led ruling LDF over differences on Kozhikode Lok Sabha seat with CPM in 2009.
Referring to reports that his decision to resign was the first move to return to the ruling CPM-led LDF fold in the state, Veerendra Kumar said, “Now, we are in the UDF and we have not discussed the issue with the LDF”.
By announcing that he does not wish to remain with the national leadership of JD(U), the 80-year-old politician has given a clear indication that he would revive the Socialist Janata Democratic (SJD), which he merged with the Sharad Yadav-led JD(U) in 2014.
SJD was formed in 2009 when Veerendra Kumar along with his supporters broke away from the JD(S) in 2009.
The JD(S) was a full-fledged ally of the LDF but when Veerendra Kumar along with his supporters crossed over to the Congress-led UDF, the present JD(S) faction remained with the LDF and continues to be with them.
However, Veerendra Kumar said he had held talks with some of the leaders of JD(S), a partner in the LDF, in the state and that they expressed desire to work unitedly.
Merger on the cards?
Now, all eyes are on Veerendra Kumar on how he goes forward as there has been speculation that he and his faction are set to merge with the JD(S). However, JD(S)' Thomas is reportedly not keen on this new arrangement.
According to sources, while he and a majority of his party are keen to end their alliance with the UDF and move to the LDF, some of the others are reluctant.
At present, JD(S) does not have any legislator in the Kerala Assembly.
Kodiyeri welcomes Veerendra Kumar
CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said the Left party has not closed doors on Veerendra Kumar. He said Veerendra Kumar should return to the LDF fold.
He hailed the veteran leader's decision to vacate the Rajya Sabha seat after the Nitish Kumar's JD(U) forged an allaince with the BJP.
CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran also welcomed the leader.