MP Veerendra Kumar, the chief of Kerala state unit of JD(U) on Wednesday announced his decision to resign from the Rajya Sabha. Kumar said he did not want to continue as the Member of Parliament of the party led by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
“I have taken a decision to resign from Rajya Sabha. I do not wish to continue as RS member under Mr Nitish Kumar who joined sangh parivar,” he told reporters.
Nitish Kumar joining BJP after breaking the famed JD(U)-RJD-Congress Mahagathbandhan in Bihar had caused split in the party with senior leader and former party chief Sharad Yadav walking out to form his own faction.
Veerendra Kumar, the chairman and managing director of the Malayalam daily newspaper Mathrubhumi, is also a director in PTI. He was elected to the Upper House in March 2016.
“I have already communicated the decision to Mr Nitish Kumar,” he said, though he is yet to put in his papers.
On the question of his future plans, Kumar said “First we will discuss about party’s future in the state committee and decide further course of action”.
JD(U) is presently a partner in the Congress led UDF Opposition in Kerala. .
Kumar joined the UDF fold after snapping ties with CPI-M led ruling LDF over differences on Kozhikode Lok sabha seat with CPI-M in 2009.
Kumar, who was the leader of the Socialist Janata (Democratic) party, merged it with the Janata Dal (United) in 2014. He was a minister in the United Front government after being elected to the Lok Sabha in 1996 on the Janata Dal ticket.
He was in Janata Dal (Secular) headed by former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda from 1999 to 2010 after which he parted ways and formed the Socialist Janata (Democratic) Party.
(With inputs from PTI)