Setback for Parivar as Samajwadi Party walks out
Samajwadi Party quit the Janata Parivar feeling "insulted" by the five seats offer against its demand for 12 in the assembly elections in Bihar. SP general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav said the party will contest elections independently in Bihar. This poses a bigger question if the Janata Parivar will keep a united front in the 2017 UP elections.
JD(U) and RJD come together for by-elections
JD(U) state president Vashisht Narain ended all speculation by confirming that his party would contest along with RJD (Nitish Kumar's Party) in Bihar. Narain said seat sharing was to be decided by the leaders of the 2 parties. The 10 constituencies to be contested were Jale, Narkatiaganj, Rajnagar, Chhapra, Parbatta, Hajipur, Mohiuddinagar, Bhagalpur, Banka and Mohania.
Foes turn into friends before elections
Lalu Prasad Yadav and Nitish Kumar buried their 24 year old hatchet to form an alliance against BJP. After 1990, this is the first time they have come together.
JD(U) reaches out to win over allies
To defeat BJP, JD(U) has started working to form alliances with other parties all over the country. One of them is JD(U)'s support to INLD in Haryana. In Kerala, the Socialist Janata (Democratic) Party, has announced its decision to merge with JD(U). JD(U) president is also expected to reach out to Odisha to meet Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leaders.
Manjhi not a part of the Janata Parivar
JD(U) president Lalu Prasad Yadav's attempts of roping in former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi in the Janata Parivar merger seemed to have borne no results. Manjhi refused to be a part of a party which had Nitish Kumar in it. Manjhi has not spoken on whether he will form an alliance with BJP either.
Janata Parivar all set for a re-incarnation
The leaders of 6 Janata Parivar parties announced their merger to form one party. With a joint strength of 30 MPs, the party will be the third largest in Rajya Sabha; in Loksabha it will be the 8th largest party with a total of 15 MPs. Mulayam Singh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party will head the parivar and its parliamentary board.
Coming together of the family after two decades
The 6 parties which will merge into Janata parivar are: Janata Dal (Secular), Indian National Lok Dal, Samajwadi Party, Janata Dal United, Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Samajwadi Janata Party.
Nitish optimistic about the Janata Parivar merger
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar was full of optimism while talking of the prospective formation of Janata Parivar. The elections where Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav wish to defeat Modi will be held in September-October. This is the first time Kumar has spoken on the issue after having expressed his unease with Mulayam Singh Yadav being projected as the head of Janata Parivar in April.
JD(U) hopeful to win Mulayam back
Sharad Yadav, the JD(U) chief said "I have to talk to Mulayam Singhji…I have spoken to him once, I will talk to him again. We will resolve this finally…let me tell you, our alliance will stay... let me assure you it will not damage our alliance"