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Janata Parivar’s JD-U, RJD may announce merger soon: Yadav

Sensing the need to merge prior to the crucial assembly polls in Bihar, the Janata Parivar may announce the merger of JD (U) and Lalu Prasad’s RJD soon, while the other parties of the coalition would also follow suit.

Talking to Millennium Post, JD(U) national president Sharad Yadav said, “The news of merger may first come from Bihar as we might first merge the JD(U) and the RJD as there is greater urgency to do that as Bihar polls are almost on our head.” With the objective to unite other members of this Janata Parivar, Yadav will hold detailed discussions with Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar on Thursday.

The leaders will meet for a joint action programme to mobilise public opinion against Centre’s efforts to “bypass Parliament and rule through ordinances”.

“The government has taken the route of issuing ordinances bypassing the democratic process of Parliament,” Yadav said on Wednesday, recalling, “We remember that the BJP, during the UPA regime, used to say that ordinances should be issued only in the case of an emergency or when the matter was of urgent importance.” Indira Gandhi had tried Emergency and ‘failed’. BJP has time to change its ways.

Yadav said that once these parties formulate an action plan, they will contact the Congress, the Trinamool Congress and the Left parties: “We will mobilise people inside and outside Parliament and try and consolidate the opposition unity that we showed during the Winter Session, especially in the Rajya Sabha.”

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