LJD, JD(S) finalise on merger

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MV Shreyams Kumar, Mathew T Thomas | Photos: Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: Left Democratic Front constituents and two prominent socialist parties in Kerala, the Janata Dal (Secular) and Loktantrik Janata Dal have decided to merge. The reformed party will retain the name JD(S). JD(S) leadership will continue in the president's post since the LJD did not claim the post.

The committees of both parties held meetings to finalise the merger earlier this week.

LJD faction will get three major posts- general secretary, senior vice-president and parliamentary board chairman. The factions will divide the district president posts equally.

K Krishnankutty will continue in the cabinet representing the party. The JD(S) will have three MLAs in the Assembly.

The state committee and the working committee will be reconstituted. The strength of the committee is likely to be doubled to accommodate the leaders. LJD state president MV Shreyams Kumar and JD (S) state president Mathew T Thomas will lead sub-committees to ensure a smooth merger.

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