"Lalu Prasad, Mulayam Singh and Sharad Yadav will be in the role of guardians at the national-level. Nitish, who has a fabulous record as the state chief minister and resigned from the post in May owning moral responsibility of his party's defeat at the Lok Sabha polls, is best suited to lead the Parivar against the BJP in the run-up to the Assembly polls," said a top leader of the proposed Janata Parivar, a day before JDU, RJD, Samajwadi Party, JD(S) and INLD would stage a Mahadharna (sit-in) at Sansad Marg in New Delhi to protest against the alleged failure of the Narendra Modi-led NDA government in implementing its electoral promises.
Nitish dropped a hint of his wish to lead the reunited Janata Parivar in the Assembly elections while concluding his Sampark Yatra at Madhepura. "If I succeed in winning the people's trust in the Assembly polls, I shall shoulder the responsibility of becoming the chief minister again," he had said.
The decision of the old members of the Janata Parivar to come under an umbrella is significant in the context of Bihar, going to the polls in October-November 2015. Besides, the state would find the two erstwhile archrivals - Lalu and Nitish - merging their RJD and JDU to put up a united fight against the BJP.
The Parivar's unity show in New Delhi is aimed at exposing the alleged hollowness in the promises made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi before the general election earlier this year. "The Mahadharna will expose how Modi promised to bring the black money stashed in foreign banks back in the country besides job creation for the youths and development and how his BJP and other components of the Sangh Parivar were involved in fomenting communal divide in the country," the RJD national spokesperson, Manoj Jha, said.
A source said the Mahadharna would offer socialist satraps Mulayam, Lalu, Nitish, Sharad, Deve Gowda and Abhay Chowtala an opportunity to gather on one podium once again to show their unity.
The splintered factions of the old Janata Parivar already have had two rounds of meeting, authorising Mulayam to spearhead the mission to bring the parties under an umbrella.
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