Ram Gopal Yadav, senior leader and brother of Samajwadi Party chief, said that the merger was not possible before the Bihar Assembly polls and any such move now would amount to signing the "death warrant" of his own party. MUST READ: Criminal gangs in Bihar, UP active for Janata Parivar merger process: BJP ALSO READ: Pappu Yadav lashes out at Lalu Prasad; to claim lantern symbol after merger READ MORE: Janata Parivar merger not to affect NDA: Paswan
The SP leader insisted that the best course of action would be for the Lalu Prasad-led RJD and Nitish Kumar's JD(U) to fight the Bihar Assembly polls -- slated for later this year -- under a seat-sharing arrangement as they will lose their party symbols if they merge now and that would cause confusions among voters.
"The merger is not possible before the Bihar election due to technicalities. If we merge in a hurry, it will be like signing the death warrant of my own party," the SP leader told reporters.
No question of going back: Nitish
However, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said the decision of the merger has already been taken and there was no question of going back on it.
"A decision for merger of six parties in Janata Parivar has already been taken and there is no question of going back on it," Kumar told reporters in a bid to clear the cloud of uncertainty over unified Janata Party.
Nitish, Lalu meet to sort out differences
Nitish Kumar and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad had a one-on-one meeting to sort out their differences over seat-sharing and projection of the Chief Ministerial candidate ahead of the crucial Assembly elections later this year.
The two leaders had such a meeting for the first time since the talks of merger of Janata Parivar parties started following their rout in last year's Lok Sabha elections.
"It was a very cordial meeting. Both leaders had a one- on-one meeting after a long time and it was very productive," JD(U) spokesperson K C Tyagi said, declining to elaborate on the agenda of the meeting.
JD(U) wants Lalu to endorse Nitish's name as CM candidate
JD(U) sources said their party is keen that Prasad publicly endorse Kumar's name as the Chief Ministerial candidate as it would send out strong signal to people and put an end to any post election differences over the leadership.
"There is no question about any alternative to Nitish Kumar as the CM candidate of the new party in Bihar but it would help the party if this is declared publicly by Laluji," a JD(U) sources said.
Prasad has so far maintained a silence over the chief ministerial candidate in Bihar even though he had supported Kumar's return to the chair and removal of Jitan Ram Manjhi.
Call for Left parties to join 'Janata Parivar'
Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Yadav said Left parties should join the 'Janata Parivar' to fight capitalist forces that are being promoted by the BJP-led government at the Centre.
"I ask Communist party leader Atul Anjan to join Janata Parivar. It's the need of the hour to fight capitalist forces being promoted by the BJP government," Yadav sought.
Merger not to destabilise Modi government: Gowda
Meanwhile, former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) supremo H D Deve Gowda said the merger of Janata Parivar parties is not to destabilise the Narendra Modi government but to highlight its "failures" to fulfil election promises.
Gowda said the Parivar will highlight, inside and outside of the Parliament, the problems faced by farmers, labourers and poor people, who are suffering from malnutrition, adding, even one year after Modi came to power, farmers were committing suicide.
"The merger of Janata Parivar is not to destabilise the Narendra Modi government at the centre, but to highlight its failure to fulfil the promises made during election campaign," Gowda said.
Nobody can stop the BJP: Shahnawaz Hussain
BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said, "There are many internal differences as the Janata Parivar is yet to finalise the symbol, flag and name of the new outfit, but nobody can stop the BJP from coming to power in Bihar. Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar can change the name of their parties but people of Bihar know them very well and will expose them."
Six offshoots of 'Janata Parivar' -- Samajwadi Party and JD(U), RJD, INLD, JD(S) and Samajwadi Janata Party – merged together to form a new party to take on a resurgent BJP, especially in context of the upcoming Assembly elections in Bihar later this year. The merger comes almost two decades after the then Janata Dal disintegrated in the 90s.
Ram Gopal Yadav, senior leader and brother of Samajwadi Party chief, said that the merger was not possible before the Bihar Assembly polls and any such move now would amount to signing the "death warrant" of his own party.
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