Socialist Janata (Democratic) [SJ(D)] president M.P. Veerendrakumar has said that he will try to forge a national confederation of socialists.

Announcing this while inaugurating a “State leaders’ meet” of the Socialist Yuva Janata, his party’s youth wing, here on Wednesday, Mr. Veerendrakumar said that to take the idea forward he would soon hold discussions with Union Minister for Agriculture and National Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar, and Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar.

Commenting on the State political scene, the veteran socialist leader said the SJ(D) would adhere to political morality while being a partner in the United Democratic front (UDF) government in Kerala.

Ridiculing the Left Democratic Front (LDF) leadership’s claim that it had no plans to pull down the UDF government led by Oommen Chandy and form an alternative government, the SJ(D) leader said the LDF did not want to force the downfall of the UDF government not out of its commitment to maintain political morality but because of the delay in pronouncing the final verdict in the SNC-Lavalin case in which its leader was named.

The LDF also failed in its attempt to woo Kerala Congress (M) leader K.M. Mani out of the UDF to bring down the government only because Mr. Mani remained steadfast in his commitment to stand with the UDF, Mr. Veerendrakumar said.