JD-S in Kerala to merge with Samajwadi Party

May 26th, 2008 - 12:37 am ICT by admin  

Kozhikode, May 25 (IANS) The Kerala unit of the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) led by M.P. Veerendrakumar Sunday announced its decision to merge with Samajwadi Party led by Mulayam Singh Yadav. The decision was taken at the party’s state council meeting here.

“The state unit of the party, led by Surendra Mohan at national level, has unanimously decided to merge with the Samajwadi Party,” Veerendrakumar told reporters after the meeting.

He said there was suggestion from the national leadership of the party to the state units to either merge with the Samajwadi Party or the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) led by Lalu Prasad.

JD-S was split when a faction led by Veerendrakumar decided to disassociate with the leadership of former prime minister H.D. Deve Gowda, following the latter’s decision to form government in Karnataka with the support of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2006.

Veerendrakumar said JD-S will continue to be part of Kerala’s ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) even after its merger.

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