Breakaway leaders such as Shibu Baby John and Babu Divakaran are likely to join the RSP after the party severs ties with the LDF.

The Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP)’s decision to detach its 34-year association with the Left Democratic Front (LDF) has prompted many to think of triggered a mood among those who left the party in 1999 to return to the parent party. Almost all who left the party at then are with the United Democratic Front (UDF).

Prominent among those who left the party to lead RSP factions are Labour Minister and RSP (Bolshevik) [RSP-B] leader Shibu Baby John and Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee executive member Babu Divakaran.

The opening move for the return was made by Mr. Shibu Baby John who went to the RSP State headquarters on Saturday to meet his two-time opponent from the Chavara constituency, N.K. Premachandran. Mr. Shibu Baby John also promised to intervene to enable the RSP become a constituent of the UDF.

Mr. Shibu Baby John’s ‘homecoming’ was an emotional affair for many. Some of them recalled the ‘good old days’ of the party when veteran leaders such as N. Sreekantan Nair, T.K. Divakaran, Baby John, and K. Pankajakshan met under the same roof to work out political strategies.

Mr. Babu Divakaran, son of the late T.K. Divakaran, had left the party along with Mr. Shibu Baby John to lead RSP(B). He severed ties with RSP(B) and floated the RSP(Marxist), in 2005. In 2008, RSP(M) merged with Samajwadi Party led by Mulayam Singh. But that association was short-lived.

In 2011, Mr. Divakaran joined the Congress. As the RSP unity mood gains tempo, it is reliably learnt, that Mr. Divakaran will be back in the RSP.

If the RSP joins the UDF and if the RSP(B) merges with the parent party, Mr. Divakaran too will go back to the RSP. And there are no hurdles for that since RSP State secretary A.A. Azeez has already welcomed back those who had left the party in 1999.

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