Janata Dal in Kerala becomes Socialist Janatha (Democratic)
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Last Updated: Saturday, August 07, 2010, 18:12
Thiruvananthpuram: Janata Dal(S) in Kerala led by MP Veerendrakumar, a constituent of the Congress-led UDF, became Socialist Janatha (Democratic) at a special convention held here today, attended by a hundreds of workers and senior leaders.

Projecting itself as a platform to bring together the Socialists in the country, the political resolution adopted by the new party said it would strive to build a socialist order based on the Gandhian ideals and legacies of stalwarts like Dr Ram Manohar Lohia and Jayprakash Narain.

Democracy, secularism, socialism and social justice would the four ideological pillars of the party, the resolution said and would seek to emerge as a mass movement committed to phasing out the rich-poor divide and exploitation of all kinds, the party declaration resolution said.

In his address, Veerendrakumar lashed out at the CPI-M and the LDF rule in the state alleging the party which claimed to be the champion of the working masses had degenerated politically and ideologically.

The Government was more concerned to protecting the land and lottery mafia instead of offering good governance and ensuring the rule of law as promised during the assemly polls four years back.

The party's secretary general K Krishnankutty and vice presidents Dr Varughese George and Alunkal Davassia moved the resolutions.

For long a partner of the LDF in Kerala, JD (S) faction led by Veerendrakumar parted ways with the coalition on the eve of the last Lok Sabha polls after it was denied the Kozhikode parliament seat.

It had also snapped ties with JD (S) led by forme prime minister H D Deve Gowda.

The party recently became a component of the UDF.


First Published: Saturday, August 07, 2010, 18:12

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