Party to seek the 5 seats it had previously contested
: The Janadhipathya Samrakshana Samithi (JSS) will continue as a constituent of the United Democratic Front (UDF) for the time being, JSS general secretary K.R. Gouri said here on Sunday.
Addressing the media after the party's plenum here, Ms. Gouri said the party had asked her to sort out the differences with the Congress and if nothing worked out by March 1, she herself would decide on the party's future course.
The plenum, attended by 657 party members from 14 districts of the State, was dominated by discussions on the issues that Ms. Gouri had
raised on continuing in the UDF after she felt that the Congress was not giving the JSS its due respect. However, a majority felt that the party should first make efforts to sort out the differences before taking any extreme step.
Ms. Gouri, who told the gathering that the party and self-esteem was bigger than power and that she would abide by whatever the party demanded, told reporters that she would decide shortly on participating in Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy's Kerala Mochana Yatra. JSS president A.N. Rajan Babu and K.K. Shaju, MLA, would, however, participate in the Yatra.
The plenum also decided to demand that the JSS be allowed the five seats that it had contested in the previous Assembly elections.
Earlier, inaugurating the plenum, Ms. Gouri said the JSS had not done anything that betrayed its objectives of social justice and political honesty.
The veteran leader said the PSC job scam was bigger than the SNC Lavalin controversy in which CPI(M) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan was an accused. Ms. Gouri, who had stated categorically that she was not making any effort to return to the CPI(M) during the JSS Party Centre meeting on Saturday, said the issues she had raised against the Congress were not based on her failure during the 2006 Assembly elections at Aroor, but were related to the setbacks the JSS had to face during other elections, including the recent civic body polls.