Six parties from the erstwhile Janata Parivar are set to merge tomorrow under the leadership of Mulayam Singh Yadav, a development which comes ahead of Bihar Assembly elections slated later this year and the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls. A formal announcement of the new entity to be named either Samajwadi Janata Party of Samajwadi Janata Dal with cycle as its symbol is set to be made tomorrow after a meeting at Yadav’s residence.The meeting is expected to be attended by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav, its general secretary K C Tyagi, JD(S) chief and former Prime Minister H D Devegowda, RJD chief Lalu Prasad, Samajwadi Janata Party chief Kamal Morarka and INLD leader Dushyant Chautala besides Mualyam Singh Yadav’s brother Ramgopal Yadav.
Nitish Kumar, a key face of the grand alliance, is set to arrive in the national capital this evening. “We are meeting for the final announcement.Leaders of all these parties have already talked to each other and all issues have been resolved.We expect the announcement tomorrow,” Tyagi said. Sources said that after discussions, there is an agreement that the new entity will retain the cycle symbol of Samajwadi Party.