Lalu, Sharad try to placate Mulayam, says he is 'guardian'

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 17, 2015 17:35 IST

RJD chief Lalu Prasad and JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav on Friday met Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav to mollify him, a day after SP announced quitting the grand alliance in Bihar.

Talking to reporters after a round of talks, Lalu said Mulayam is the "guardian" of the anti-BJP front and efforts were on to bring him back on board.

Getting into damage control, Prasad, whose daughter is married to the SP chief's grand nephew, rushed to Delhi from Patna and called on the SP chief at his residence where he was joined in by JD(U) president Sharad Yadav to discuss ways to salvage the alliance.

On Thursday, the SP announced to break-up from the 'Mahagathbandhan' over being offered only five seats in the 243-member Bihar Assembly. SP national general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav said the party felt "humiliated" as it was not consulted while deciding seats and would contest the Assembly election in the state on its own.

Soon after, the JD(U) president had held a press conference in which he said that he would find a "solution" after talking to "Bhai (brother) Mulayam".

The JD(U) chief had half-an-hour long meeting with Mulayam last night after which he had claimed that the alliance will remain intact like it was before in Bihar with Samajwadi Party being a part of it.

The SP chief is also the leader of the proposed umbrella party of six erstwhile constituents of Janata Parivar.

The JD(U) chief has dismissed suggestions that SP was "playing into the hands of BJP", a speculation which gained grounds after Mulayam had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi some time back while party general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav reportedly met BJP Chief Amit Shah on Monday.

Chief minister Nitish Kumar also exuded confidence that the issue would be resolved and SP would return to the secular grouping. "We are trying to figure out as to what happened that SP took the decision to quit the grand secular alliance," he told reporters in Patna.

(With inputs form agencies)

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