Thiruvananthapuram: The crucial state committee meeting of the Janata Dal (S) state unit will be held on June 18 to decide on whether to merge with another party or become an independent party.
The decision came following the ultimatum served by the CPM leadership to clarify its political position since the national leadership of JD(S) has joined the NDA govt at the Centre.
The CPM is irked over the criticism faced by it for accommodating a party in their front which has aligned with the BJP at the national level.
Ever since the national leadership of the JD(S) aligned with the BJP and contested in the Lok Sabha election with the support of BJP, the state unit of the party has been claiming that they have severed ties with the national leadership.
However, after H D Kumaraswamy was sworn in as a minister in the Modi 3.0 govt, the question of K Krishnankutty continuing as minister in the LDF govt in the state was questioned by the opposition parties and even the LDF constituents.
Now, there are reports that the state leadership of the JD(S) are in talks with Akhilesh Yadav for a possible merger with Samajwadi Party. The party leadership is also taking legal opinion on whether the anti-defection law will trouble their MLAs if they merge with another party. At present JD(S) in Kerala has two MLAs Mathew T Thomas and minister K Krishnankutty.
Majority of the party leaders are of the view that either they should merge with another party or float a new party, as a face-saving measure.
However, the only obstacle for the JD(S) leadership in the state is the fact that Samajwadi Party in Kerala is supporting the UDF although they are not part of the front.
Another JD(S) faction led M V Sreyamsakumar had merged with RJD and there is a demand within the JD(S) that they should also merge with a national party. The only option before them is SP at present.
The state unit of the SP headed by Saji Pothan has already welcomed the JD(S) state unit into their party. The JD(S) leaders have confirmed that they had informal discussion with the SP national leadership.

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