In a major boost to the NDA in Kerala, prominent Adivasi leader CK Janu will contest the upcoming election as a NDA candidate from Sulthan Bathery in Wayanad district.
Kaumudi reports that this announcement came after Janu met the general secretary of SNDP Yogam, Vellappally Natesan, at his house in Kanichukulangara earlier on Wednesday. Previosuly she had held meetings with the BJP Kerala chief Kumanam Rajshekharan.
Prior to this announcement, there were reports which suggested that she might float her own party and align with the NDA.
This May 16 election will be the first time that the elections might witness a three-way contest in the state which has traditionally been bipolar.
Janu had been the face of tribal rights in the state for more than 15 years along with M Geethanandan and is the present president of the Adivasi Gotra Maha Sabha (AGMS).