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Janata Parivaar to get new member

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New Delhi, Mar 26 (UNI) The much-divided Janata Parivaar is getting a new member.

Socialist leaders disgruntled with Mr H D Dewa Gowda's stewardship of the Janata Dal (Secular) and his approach during recent political developments in Karnataka, are making efforts to launch a new United Socialist Party.

According to Socialist Front Convenor Vijay Pratap, senior leader Surendra Mohan is at the forefront of such efforts.

''It is a matter of time before people of socialist background leave the JD(S) which has become the laughing stock due to Mr Gowda's moves at the time of the removal of Mr Siddaramaiah from the leadership of Karnataka legislature party,'' Mr Pratap claimed.

Mr Surendra Mohan was also holding discussions with related groups the Lok Shakti Abhiyaan, the People's Political Front of civil rights groups, the Rashtra Seva Dal, the Loktantrik Samajwadi Party and the Samajwadi Jan Parishad as part of the move to launch a new party to reflect the ''true socialist traditions'', he said.

Hundreds of members of the Socialist Front, launched in 2001, were also members of the JD(S), but could not continue in both since the Front Constitution does not allow them to remain part of a party in alliance with either the Congress or the NDA.

In such a scenario, a large number of socialists have no option but to launch a new party, Mr Pratap told UNI.

Socialist Front leaders are meeting here on March 29 as part of the drive. According to Mr Pratap, Mr Mohan is currently in talks with socialist leaders in Mumbai in this connection.

UNI VN LR PC2158

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