JD(U) MP from Kerala quits Rajya Sabha

 JD(U)'s MP from Kerala, M P Veerendra Kumar, on Wednesday announced his resignation from the Rajya Sabha, saying he does not wish to be part of a party that supports the BJP government.

With this, the JD(U)'s strength in the Rajya Sabha has shrunk to seven after the disqualification of Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar, who opposed party chief Nitish Kumar's decision to join hands with the BJP after breaking up with the Grand Alliance with Congress and RJD in Bihar.

JD(U) had moved against Yadav and Ansari, whom Kumar also supported.

Action was not initiated against Kumar by the party's central leadership with the condition that he  should not join hands with  Yadav.

"I may have a stand against the BJP. But  according to the Election Commission and Rajya Sabha records, I am with a party that supports the BJP. I do not want to be seen as a supporter of the BJP-RSS," Kumar, who was elected to Rajya Sabha with the support of the Congress-led United Democratic Front, told reporters after submitting his resignation letter.

However, he refused to spell out his course of action, saying the Kerala unit will meet this month to decide on which way to go.

"At this point of time, there is no clarity. Whether Sharad Yadav will form a party or join some other is not known. His supporters had contested in the symbol of Bharatiya Tribal Party. In a changed scenario, the state council will decide," he said.

His comments came amid reports that there is difference of opinion among his supporters over reviving the Socialist Janata Dal that merged with JD(U).

While Kumar is said to be keen on merging with JD(S), which he once left, and join the ruling  LDF alliance  in Kerala, some senior leaders are of the view that they should join hands with Yadav.

Another section is against plans to move out of the Congress-led UDF.

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