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Merger of Janata Parivar not possible before Bihar assembly election, says Ram Gopal Yadav

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

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.

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BJP President Amit Shah States The Importance of Having Citizenship Bill

Asking opposition parties not to create obstacles in the construction of Ram temple, he told them to clear their stand on the issue

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BJP President Amit Shah on Sunday said that the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was “very necessary” and added that the government was working on building a consensus with stakeholders in the northeast.

Addressing the media here, Amit Shah also said that the government had brought the bill after much thought and Home Minister Rajnath Singh was holding consultations with various people to address the opposition to the issue.

“There are two sides of a coin. There are decisions that some like and some don’t… The fate of huge number of refugees can’t be kept hanging in the balance and we are firm on it,” he said.

Asked what would be the BJP’s stand if suggestions come to withdraw the Bill as it has created unrest in the entire northeast, Amit Shah said: “Home Minister is holding discussions with political parties. Discussion with some parties have already taken place. If consensus emerges, we will definitely move ahead but the Citizenship Bill is highly necessary for the country.”

The Bill seeks to grant Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who entered India before December 31, 2014.

Amit Shah
BJP President Amit Shah.

Political parties and civic groups in the northeast say if this is implemented, “outsiders” will overwhelm the local population.

The BJP President was also committed to build a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya.

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“The BJP wants the Ram Temple should be built at the same place in Ayodhya where Lord Ram was born. Our stand is clear. There is no confusion.”

Asking opposition parties not to create obstacles in the construction of Ram temple, he told them to clear their stand on the issue. (IANS)