"No date has been fixed or finalised for a meeting of six parties of the erstwhile Janata Parivar to finalise the merger. There is no question of an April 5 meeting," he told media at a function here.

"Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad is in Patna... how such a meeting could take place on Sunday? It is not possible," said Nitish Kumar, adding that the date for such a meeting would be decided as per the convenience of all.

Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav will decide the next date of meeting, he said. Reports said the six parties, including Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal-United, will announce their merger on Sunday in Delhi after a meeting of their leaders.

The meeting was expected to be attended by Nitish Kumar, Mulayam Singh, JD-U chief Sharad Yadav, RJD chief Lalu Prasad and representatives from the Indian National Lok Dal and Samajwadi Janata Party.

Mulayam Singh, who has planned the proposed merger, is tipped to be the chairman of the new umbrella entity.

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