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Sharad Yadav merges party with RJD, calls for Opposition unity | Latest News India

Pitching for opposition unity to tackle the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) within the 2024 common elections, veteran socialist chief and former minister Sharad Yadav merged his Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) party with the Lalu Prasad Yadav-led Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on Sunday.

The merger within the nationwide capital occurred 25 years after the 2 leaders parted methods.

“Opposition unity is imperative across India to fight the BJP. My party’s merger with the RJD is the first step in that direction,” Sharad Yadav instructed reporters. “We will now work to unite all the opposition parties as defeating BJP is a big challenge.”

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav had stop Janata Dal in 1997 to type his party over variations with its management because the probe in opposition to fodder case, wherein he was the primary accused, gathered tempo.

Sharad Yadav, a seven-time parliamentarian, was then seen as Lalu’s rival throughout the Janata Dal. He joined fingers with Janata Dal (United) chief Nitish Kumar to finish RJD’s 15-year reign in Bihar in 2005.

He was additionally defeated by Lalu from Madhepura within the 2004 parliamentary polls.

Sharad Yadav was, nonetheless, seen as a key votary for the JD(U)-RJD alliance within the 2015 meeting elections in Bihar in opposition to the BJP, however later parted methods with Kumar over his determination to ally with the BJP once more. He fashioned the LJD in 2018.

Sharad Yadav stated his determination to merge his party with the RJD was taken protecting in view the necessity for a nationwide opposition to combat the BJP.

Calling RJD chief and Lalu’s son, Tejashwi Yadav, the way forward for Bihar, Sharad Yadav stated: “In the next elections in Bihar, he will win. He will work for opposition unity across the country.”

Tejashwi Yadav welcomed the veteran chief into his party’s fold, saying it’s a message for the anti-BJP events to unite to tackle the ruling dispensation.

“Since 2019, we have been preparing for the next general elections. The merger of Sharad Yadav’s party with the RJD will give strength (to opposition unity). There is a need to unite all the regional parties in opposition,” he stated.

The merger of the 2 events has stoked hypothesis that Sharad Yadav could also be despatched to Rajya Sabha within the upcoming biennial polls in opposition to 5 vacancies from Bihar.

LJD’s merger with the RJD carried little significance, besides that the principal opposition would get a lift in its picture of together with outdated socialists and Yadav leaders below its banner, stated Nawal Kishore Choudhary, political analyst and former principal of Patna College.

“Sharad Yadav is an individual and his party’s merger with RJD is not of much value. RJD lacks tall leaders in the party, especially those having national identity, and they are keen on using Sharad Yadav’s image to cater to the Yadav vote bank and also play a role in opposition unity,” he stated.

The merger is extra like a wedding of comfort because it fits the political wants of each Sharad Yadav and Lalu Prasad, BJP’s Bihar spokesperson Nikhil Anand stated.

“Laluji is keen to establish his son, while Sharad Yadav, who is out of mainstream politics, is keen to settle his daughter and son in politics. So, this is a marriage of convenience, which is being portrayed as a need for opposition unity. This merger has no political significance,” Anand stated.


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