Taking their efforts of a reunification forward, members of the Janata Parivar would organise themselves into a single bloc with common leaders in both Houses of Parliament after the winter session gets underway.
Leaders of five parties — SP, JD(U), RJD, JD(S) and INLD — will meet on November 25 to choose the leaders in both Houses. JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav, who is credited with the reunification initiative, is already holding consultations with his counterparts in other Janata variants to work out a consensus before the meeting is held.
The session is scheduled to begin from November 24. Those slated to participate in the meeting are Mulayam Singh Yadav and Ram Gopal Yadav from the SP, Sharad Yadav and K C Tyagi from the JD(U), Prem Chand Gupta and Jai Prakash Narain Yadav from the RJD, H D Deve Gowda of the JD(S) and Dushyant Chautala of the INLD.
The Janata Parivar has a total of 40 members in the two Houses, 15 in Lok Sabha and 25 in Rajya Sabha. The Lok Sabha break-up is: SP (5), RJD (4) and JD(U), JD-S and INLD (2 each). The Janata Dal has as many as 12 people in the Upper House, followed by the SP with 10 members and the JD(S), the RJD and the INLD with one each.
“We would vote against the Land Acquisition Act, Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill (which is currently with a Rajya Sabha select committee), a dilution of the MGNREGA and any enhancement of the cap on the FDI to 49 per cent,” sources in the Janata Parivar told The Indian Express Friday. The Janata Parivar representative in the the select committee on the Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill, K C Tyagi, would give a note of dissent on the report. The committee is headed by Chandan Mitra of the BJP.
Giving an outline of the proposed single party, the sources said it was going to have a federal structure, providing for a free hand to regional satraps in their core areas of influence. They said no contact had been established with Orissa Chief Minister and BJD leader Naveen Patnaik yet.