The feisty tribal leader told TNM that her party would never merge with any other political party in Kerala but are open to joining alliances.

No decision yet on joining LDF front CK Janu to TNM
news Politics Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 19:08

Janadhipathya Rashtriya Sabha, the political outfit formed by CK Janu parted ways with the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance in October.

The reason cited by the tribal leader was negligence and failure by the BJP leadership to keep promises given to her political party.

On Wednesday, November 28, reports surfaced suggesting that Janu's party will join the Left Democratic Front headed by the CPI (M). The LDF is the ruling front in the state.

Speaking to TNM, Janu however said that the LDF had invited her for a discussion, but no decision so far had been taken about it. "The discussion happened a month ago. The LDF had invited me for a discussion after Janadhipathya Rashtriya Sabha left NDA. The talk was held with CPI State Secretary Kanam Rajendran. Janadhipathya Rashtriya Sabha won’t merge with any of the other political parties in the state, be it the CPI (M) or the CPI. We will join the LDF if they would accept as an ally,” she says.

On Wednesday, there was a district and state leadership meeting of the Janadhipathya Rashtriya Sabha. The meeting discussed issues like their entry into a coalition. “But our decision is to remain independent, unless we get invite to join an alliance,” she asserts.

Following the discussion with Kanam in Thiruvananathapuram, Janu got a call from CPI (M) leader and minister AK Balan to further discuss the plan to join LDF.  “I reiterated our stand to him. After that there was no communication from the LDF leaders."

“The news that we have joined LDF is not correct, we haven’t taken such a decision. May be the news came out today as a leadership meeting happened," she said. 

CK Janu ended a  two and half years alliance with NDA citing neglect towards the tribal community, even after having meetings with the BJP national leadership.

Janu, a firebrand leader of the tribal community who has led several protests, joined NDA prior to the Assembly elections in May 2016. Her move to work with the Right Wing was viewed with surprise by many. But Janu defended her move saying that contesting under NDA banner was her new way of protest.

Contesting under NDA banner is my new way of protesting: Kerala Adivasi leader CK Janu

 

 

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