JDU, RLD and others set to join forces in view of 2017 assembly elections

  • Hemendra Chaturvedi, Agra
  • Updated: Apr 04, 2016 02:37 IST

With Uttar Pradesh heading towards state assembly elections, new political formations are coming up. One amongst these is the possible merger of Janata Dal (United), Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), Jharkhand Vikas Morcha and Samajwadi Janata Party. Declaration of this new party resulting from the merger is expected to be made during a proposed press conference in New Delhi, on April 11.

RLD leader Jayant Chaudhary would be the face of this new party in UP, said Dr Anil Chaudhary, state general secretary and spokesperson of RLD.

Speaking to HT, Chaudhary informed that at the next meeting of RLD’s central working committee, a resolution would be passed for merging JDU, RLD, Jharkhand Vikas Morcha led by Babulal Marandi and Samajwadi Janata Party led by Kamal Murarka.

“The declaration about the new party and other details will be made public during the proposed press conference on April 11,” Chaudhary stated, adding, “Talks are on with HD Deve Gowda from Janata Dal (Secular) and Om Prakash Chautala from Indian National Lok Dal to be a part of the new party.”

He further said, “We will hold public meetings all over the state once the new party is announced. The first public meeting will be held in Mathura on April 23, followed by one in Varanasi on May 5. Public meetings will also be held in Meerut and Basti, dates of which are yet to be finalised.”

Chaudhary informed that senior leaders like Ajit Singh, Jayant Chaudhary, Nitish Kumar, Sharad Yadav, KC Tyagi, Babulal Marandi and Kamal Murarka will address these public meetings.

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