Veeran isolated in JD(U)
Veeran isolated in JD(U)

Veeran isolated in JD(U)

Hari S Kartha

JD(U) state president M.P.Veerendra Kumar is now isolated in his party. Indications are that the socialist patriarch's writ no more runs among his party colleagues. Veeran, as he is popularly known in Kerala's political circles, has ceased to be his party's guide, guardian and philosopher unlike during the past several decades of his political career.

Veeran must have had the shock of his political life when his close lieutenants in the party defied him and opted a political line diametrically opposite to his. Contrary to his claim the other day that no body from Kerala JD(U) would attend the meeting convened by the party's dissident national leader Sharad Yadav in Delhi, four top office bearers of the state unit went to the capital on Friday and met Yadav extending him all support. Significantly among these four leaders were Varghese George, all India general secretary of the party from Kerala, Sheik P.Haris, state secretary general and Charupara Ravi who has been Veran's conscience keeper so far. They told the media in Delhi after discussions with Sharad Yadav that under no circumstances they would approve Veeran's latest political line of moving closer to Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar deserting Sharad Yadav.

Veean's latest decision not to identify with Sharad Yadav faction was a political 'u' turn which surprised every one in his party and outside. He had earlier defied Nitish's directive to vote for the BJP candidate in the presidential elections and voted for the opposition candidate Meira Kumar. The Kerala state president of JD(U) had openly come out against Nitish Kumar deserting the grand alliance of opposition parties in Bihar and moving closer to BJP. Within the state, the veteran socialist has been lately flirting with CPM led ruling LDF .

Veeran's somersault is viewed as nothing but a tactical move to retain his Rajya Sabha membership. He will lose the membership once he quits JD(U) led by Nitish and joins the dissident group of Sharad who may have to ultimately launch a new party. Earlier there was no risk in voting against the candidate supported by the party as no whip was issued.Political circles are eagerly watching how Veeran would explain his new line and what would be his next move.