The future of Janata Parivar seems to be in jeopardy as its chosen head, Samajwadi Party’s Mulayam Singh Yadav, is reportedly skipping a Mahagathbandan (grand alliance) rally to be held on August 30 in Patna. The Congress, JD (U) and RJD are scheduled to share the stage.
This development comes a day after the SP chief’s meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. It must be mentioned that the SP has not been offered any seats to contest the Assembly polls in Bihar.
SP’s national general secretary and Rajya Sabha MP Kiranmoy Nanda, who reached Patna on Friday, said the party will announce its decision on Saturday. “I have been sent to Patna by the party. I will announce our stand before the media tomorrow,” said Nanda . He confirmed that Mulayam would not attend the Patna rally.
The experiment of unification of the Janata Parivar was undertaken with six parties — SP, JD(U), RJD, INLD, SJP and JD(S). The experiment ran into troubled waters after SP’s national general secretary Ramgopal Yadav put his foot down over any kind of merger or formation of a political outfit.
Recently, Bihar SP chief Ramchandra Yadav rushed to Lucknow to complain about the cold shoulder by the JD(U) and RJD leadership. The SP was kept out of the seat-sharing arrangement and was not asked to contest the Bihar polls. Sources said that Mulayam conveyed to JD(U) and RJD leaders that it was difficult for him to share the stage with Congress.