"I have already written to the Election Commission two days back that I am against merger and in such condition people like me should be allowed to retain RJD election symbol 'lantern'," Pappu Yadav told reporters here.

He said after holding rallies in Darbhanga on May 9 and in Madhepura his Lok Sabha constituency on May 11 he would organise a meeting of top leaders in Patna on May 15.

"May 16 onwards you will see a strong RJD with committed people like us," he said. Asked if RJD MLAs were with him, Pappu Yadav said "you should come to know about it on May 16."

Asked if he would lead the group, Pappu Yadav cited leadership would be decided after mutual consultations. The controversial RJD MP questioned his expulsion by party raising technical issues and said he would approach EC as well court against it.

"When Lalu Prasad and other leaders locked in merger of Janata Parivar have already declared Mulayam Singh Yadav as president of the new party, how can RJD on diktat of Lalu Prasad can expel me?" he asked.

Only Mulayam Singh Yadav could now take such decision on expulsion of any leader, he stated, adding he would meet Mulayam Singh Yadav on Friday.

A signed notice by RJD chief general secretary Ramdeo Bhandari on Thursday announced expulsion of Pappu Yadav for six years for anti-party activities.

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