It seems that mainstream politics in Kerala will take a new turn with the coming Lok Sabha elections. In a major development, the Welfare Party of India (WPI), which is the political wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, will contest in three Lok Sabha seats in Kerala in the coming elections.
The contesting seats are Chalakkudy, Malappuram and Attingal. WPI Kerala general secretary K Ambujakshan (Chalakkudy), treasurer Prof P Ismail (Malappuram) and executive member Priya Sunil are the candidates. Party leaders said it would also consider to contest more seats in the state.
The first phase of the election campaign named ‘Janasamparka Jatha’ will conclude on Saturday. After the formation of the party two and a half years ago, this is for the first time that the WPI is contesting an election. This move of the party has got great importance as the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind in Kerala has been supporting the Left Democratic Front in the recent elections.
Giving a hint of an alternative Front in the coming Lok Sabha elections, the political meeting of the party last week was attended by leaders of Aam Aadmi Party, Revolutionary Marxist Party and leaders of the Janakeeya Munnetta Samithi.
“If people like Sara Joseph, K K Rama and C K Janu contest in the Lok Sabha elections, we would extend our full support to them,” said WPI state secretary Sreeja Neyyattinkara. Though the number of seats have not been officially finalised, the party has decided to contest election in 10 states.