After the RJD authorized party president Lalu Yadav and deputy chief minister Tejaswi Yadav to decide on changing the name and symbol of the party at a recent meeting of the national executive and council meeting, the moves for unity of the Janata Parivar – beginning with the merger of the RJD and JDU – are taking shape.
The RJD and the JDU have sprung out of the same ideological roots. The merger will diminish possibilities of a split in the JDU, as – with bigger numbers in the state assembly – it will be difficult for the splinter group to cobble up the required numbers to override the provisions of the anti defection law. Another advantage would be that the path would get cleared for Tejaswi Yadav to take over the reigns as Bihar chief minister; while Nitish Kumar would assume a role in national politics.
Efforts at the national level are to bring together the splinter units of the erstwhile Janata Party: Samajwadi Party in UP, INLD in Haryana, JDS in Karnataka and the RLD of Jayant Chaudhary. Nitish Kumar, since having broken off from the BJP in August, has been pursuing the unity idea and has made two trips to the national capital. Last month, he participated in a birth anniversary function of the late Chaudhary Devi Lal at an event organised by Om Prakash Chauthala at Fatehgarh in Haryana.
Socialist politics has been on the decline. Mulayam Singh Yadav passed away recently, while Lalu Yadav has been keeping indifferent health and was reportedly flown away to Singapore on Wednesday for treatment of kidney related problems. H D Deve Gowda of the JDS has also been keeping indifferent health. Therefore, the formation of the new grouping will largely depend on the response of the younger generation of leaders such as Tejaswi, Akhilesh, Jayant Chaudhary Or HD Kumaraswamy. Unity efforts of the Janata Parivar had been stymied at the last moment by Mulayam Singh Yadav in 2015, as he felt that the SP assets were bigger than those of the other parties.
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