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JD(U) Sharad Yadav faction nominates Veerendra Kumar for Kerala Rajya Sabha seat

Veerendra Kumar will contest the Rajya Sabha seat with the support of the ruling Left Democratic Front in Kerala.

india Updated: Mar 10, 2018 17:35 IST
Press Trust of India, Thiruvananthapuram
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MP Veerendra Kumar at his residence in Kozhikode.(PTI File Photo)

The Sharad Yadav faction of the Janata Dal (United) in Kerala on Saturday decided to nominate its state president MP Veerendra Kumar as a candidate for the Rajya Sabha polls from the state, which it will contest with the ruling CPI(M)-led LDF.

The decision to field Veerendra Kumar for the lone Rajya Sabha seat was taken at the party parliamentary meeting held in Thiruvananthapuram, party general secretary Sheik P Haris said.

The decision to nominate the 82-year-old leader was unanimous, he said.

However, he said Veerendra Kumar would file the nomination for the seat on March 12 as an independent as a case on the dispute over the party’s flag and name at the national level was now pending before the Delhi high court.

Polls are being held for the Rajya Sabha seat that had fallen vacant after Veerendra Kumar resigned from the Upper House to protest JD (U) leader and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar joining hands with the BJP-led NDA.

The LDF committee meeting held on Friday had extended support and offered the RS seat to theJD(U)’s Sharad Yadav faction that had quit the Congress-led UDF opposition in January.

Harish said the party expected that the next LDF meeting would take a decision on making them a partner in the ruling front.

However, he said no discussions were held in the party with regard to merging with the JD (S), now a partner in the LDF.

“It is not on the agenda of our party now,” he said.

Veerendra Kumar had earlier joined the UDF after snapping ties with LDF over differences with the CPI(M) on the Kozhikode Lok Sabha seat in 2009.

First Published: Mar 10, 2018 17:35 IST