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Veerendra Kumar-led JD(U) set to join LDF

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JD(U) Kerala unit to switch over to LDF

Thiruvananthapuram: The Veerendra Kumar-led Janata Dal (United) in Kerala decided to join the Left Democratic Front (LDF). The decision was informed to party office bearers at a meeting held here on Thursday.

However, an official announcement will be made after state council meet, which is scheduled to be held here on Friday.

The last hurdle to such a move was the resistance of former minister K P Mohanan, who advocated continuing in the United Democratic Front. After Mohanan fell in line with the JD(U) leader's wishes to align with LDF, it is now a mere formality.

The JD(U) is presently in the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF), but the 80-year-old leader was keen on party's return to the LDF, with whom he broke all ties ahead of the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, after he was denied renomination from the seat he held.

He then joined the UDF and when it came to power in 2011. The JD (U) also got a ministerial berth in the then Oommen Chandy government.

But things turned sour after Veerendra Kumar was routed at the 2014 Lok Sabha polls when he lost by a massive margin to sitting CPM Lok Sabha member M B Rajesh in Palakkad.

Since then, Veerendra Kumar was unhappy with the UDF, but he faced stiff resistance from his party to returning to the Left fold.

To keep Veerendra Kumar happy, the UDF gave him a Rajya Sabha seat. He, however, resigned in wake of JD(U) chief and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar joining the BJP-led NDA recently.

With the CPM wooing Veerendra Kumar back to the Left fold, he was keen to return, but faced resistance from within a section of his party and also from the JD(S) leadership, presently an ally of the Left, who was not keen to be tagged with Veerendra Kumar again.

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