Janata Dal (United) (JDU) is a centre-left Indian political party with political presence mainly in Bihar and Jharkhand. The Janata Dal (United) was formed with the merger of the Sharad Yadav faction of the Janata Dal, the Lokshakti Party and the Samata Party On 30 October 2003. Janata Dal (United) party mentor and patron is the veteran socialist leader George Fernandes. In Kerala, JDU is with UDF and M.P. Virendra Kumar is the leader.