It’s time to decide on Janata Parivar merger: Lalu Prasad Yadav tells Nitish Kumar

Merger put off till Bihar polls, will contest as allies, says key JD(U) leader

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna | Updated: June 2, 2015 8:07 am
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The much-awaited merger of Janata Parivar constituents was officially put off on Monday till the Bihar elections, even as RJD chief Lalu Prasad threw the ball in Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s court, saying it was time to take a decision about the alliance.

JD(U) maintained it was ready to fight the polls in alliance with RJD. However, neither of the two parties were willing to give in on the issues of seat-sharing and chief ministerial candidate.

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Speaking to The Indian Express, JD(U) national spokesperson K C Tyagi said: “Our president (Sharad Yadav) met Lalu Prasad Sunday evening. The merger has been put off till the polls. We will go to polls as alliance partners and will soon start discussing seat-sharing.”
Nitish did not attend the key meeting and said he was recuperating from an eye ailment.

The RJD chief, meanwhile, remained non-committal on projecting Nitish as the CM candidate and insisted on holding seat-sharing talks first.

“I telephoned Nitish Kumar one week ago and said we should now sit together quickly and decide about alliance, elections, seats and other such issues. Various kinds of talks about us are doing the rounds and they are making the environment unpleasant,” Lalu told reporters.

“I am now saying we should hurry up over the mega-alliance… All issues including that of leadership and chief ministerial candidate will be sorted out once there is finality about the alliance,” he said.

Both JD (U) and RJD, it has been learnt, are ready with a Plan B in case the Lalu-Nitish alliance fails to take off.

A JD (U) leader confirmed the party has been in talks with BSP,  Congress and CPI, while the RJD is reportedly planning to form an alliance with former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha and the Congress as an alternative.

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    Vijay, Florida
    Jun 1, 2015 at 9:44 pm
    All these "opportunistic" leaders have only one thing in mind : How to grab power so they can make money at the cost of the "janata" that they are supposed to represent. This is why they "split" and "re-join" whenever they feel it gives them a better chance to get elected. They have absolutely no interest in the welfare and prosperity of the "Janata", nor any interest in the development of India. The best thing to do is to just throw all these so called leaders into the ocean and say "good riddance".
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      Krishna Iyer
      Jun 2, 2015 at 11:35 am
      Janata Parivar is full of "Mulayam Parivar" and "Laloo Parivar" (sambandhis) In that process, Nitish will be an orphan. So where and when will it take off is anybody's guess.
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        M
        Jun 2, 2015 at 11:35 am
        THESE MEN ARE WELL KNOWN FOR POWER HUNGER AND MAKING SELF GAINS! THEY MAY TRY ON 'SECULAR'THEORY! BUT LET THEM KNOW- 'SECULARISM'IS A PROVEN NONSENSE THOUGH INSTALLED IN CONSUTION! PEOPLE ARE MORE AWARE OF IT!
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          Dr Motilal
          Jun 2, 2015 at 12:20 pm
          It is a "HISTORICAL EVENT " marriage for divorce . Who is divorcing whom ?
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            Ramesh
            Jun 2, 2015 at 3:33 pm
            JDU and RJD alliance will never be possible how two arch revel agree on C.M. post. Lalu never tolerate Nitish as a C.M.Good chances for BJP to win the election
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