On Sunday, senior Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav said that the merger of Janata Parivar will not be possible before the Bihar assembly election.
“There is a technical problem. The problem is that if a political party tells the Election Commission that they are going to merge and form a new party, then the original name and symbols of the party will be frozen. The Bihar elections are near and the merger cannot be done in a hurry,” Yadav told ANI.
“We have no right to confuse our voters. So the better option is that both the parties work together and fight the election jointly. We will be signing the death warrant of our party if we do the merger in a hurry,” he added.
On April 15, in a joint press conference the merger announcement was made in the presence of all top Janata Parivar leaders, including Mulayam, Sharad, Nitish, Lalu and former Prime Minister and JD(S) HD Deve Gowda.
“We don’t have any issue regarding Janata Parivar be united or not, the people did not like this type of juxtaposed party. We are always with the people and are confident to win the Bihar elections,” said, West Bengal BJP president Rahul Sinha.
The Bihar Election, scheduled to be held later this year, will be the first major challenge for Janata Parivar as for years there has been a bitter rivalry between JD (U)’s Nitish Kumar and RJD’s Lalu Prasad.
India began on Monday the first of five state elections to be held in coming weeks, important tests for Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he plots a course that he hopes will ensure him victory in a general election due by May.
Voters in the central state of Chhattisgarh went to the polls on Monday to elect representatives for 18 of the state assembly’s 90 seats in a staggered poll complicated by logistical problems and left-wing guerrillas.
The state of about 26 million people has been ruled by Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) since 2003, and he will be hoping to hold on to power.
“Some unholy people have handed guns to children who should have pens in their hands,” Modi told a rally in the state on Friday, referring to the rag-tag guerrillas battling government forces from forest hideouts. “They’ve finished the lives of our tribal children.”
Hundreds of election workers had to be flown in to remote polling stations by helicopter because of the danger posed by the rebels.
Modi called for voters to back his BJP and its vision of “development for all.”
The final phase of voting in Chhattisgarh, which is known for its coal, iron ore and bauxite reserves, will be on Nov. 20.
The BJP was the preference of about 43 percent of voters in Chhattisgarh, 7 percentage points ahead of the main opposition Congress party, according to a survey released last week by the Lokniti-Centre for the Study of Developing Societies.
Modi’s other big tests will be in the neighboring central state of Madhya Pradesh, where the BJP is slightly ahead of Congress, according to polls, and in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, where Congress is expected to emerge victorious.
A good performance by the BJP in the elections would help it deflect growing criticism over unemployment and a crisis in the countryside over falling farm prices and wages.
Elections will also be held for assemblies in Telangana in the south and Mizoram in the northeast.
The BJP has sent top leaders to campaign in Chhattisgarh, including Yogi Adityanath, a firebrand Hindu priest and the BJP chief minister in Uttar Pradesh state.