Janata Dal 2.0 to take on Modi

The move comes 26 years after original group was formed

November 16, 2014 12:31 am | Updated December 04, 2021 11:28 pm IST - NEW DELHI:

Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav with Janata Dal (United) president Sharad Yadav after a luncheon meeting of various opposition leaders in New Delhi. File photo

Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav with Janata Dal (United) president Sharad Yadav after a luncheon meeting of various opposition leaders in New Delhi. File photo

The Janata Dal is likely to be resurrected on December 2 or 3 when Janata Parivar parties meet here to announce a merger, sources in these parties have told The Hindu . The move comes 26 years after the original V.P. Singh-led Janata Dal was formed on October 11, 1988, out of a range of socialist splinter outfits.

>The Janata Parivar comprises the Samajwadi Party, Janata Dal (United), Rashtriya Janata Dal, Janata Dal (Secular), Indian National Lok Dal and Samajwadi Janata Party. SP supremo Mulayam Singh, the senior-most leader, will head the new party, it is learnt. Janata Parivar sources said while JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav will be the Upper House bloc leader, Mr. Singh will be the leader in the Lower House “if he wants the job.”

Janata Parivar MPs (25 in the Rajya Sabha and 15 in the Lok Sabha) will gather on November 25 to choose a common floor leader in each House and draw up an agenda for the winter session of Parliament.

Only the Samajwadi Janata Party, headed by Kamal Morarka, does not have a parliamentary presence but it will be part of the deliberations.

This formation will confront the Modi government in Parliament on its efforts to dilute the previous UPA government’s flagship MGNREGA and the historic Land Acquisition Act, for which it hopes to get support of the Congress and Left parties. It will also oppose the Insurance Bill.

JD(U) sources, meanwhile, said talks with the BJD would begin only after Janata Dal 2.0 became a reality. The JD(U), the RJD and the SP are the most eager to form one party.

The Janata experiment: From The Hindu archives

October 21, 2014

>Janata Parivar losing its touch with Mandal politics

Finishes way behind in Haryana as the BJP outplays it in social engineering

October 2, 2014

>Signs of Janata Parivar taking shape

Though not a Third Front yet, there are signs that the Janata Parivar — and some of its old friends — shaken out of its lethargy by this year’s general election results, is tentatively working towards creating an anti-BJP platform.

August 21, 2010

>JD(S) all set to lure back Janata Parivar members

February 6, 2007

>Gowda blamed for breaking Janata Parivar

President of the Karnataka unit of the Janata Dal (U) B. Somashekar said that Janata Dal (S) president H.D. Deve Gowda, who was primarily responsible for the division of the Janata Parivar has no moral right to talk about uniting the Janata Parivar once again.

January 29, 2007

>JD(S) to work for unification of Janata Parivar: Deve Gowda

“I am willing to shed my ego, if any, and even step down from the presidentship of the party... ”

May 6, 2006

>Sharad Yadav vows to unite Janata Parivar

President of the Janata Dal (United) and former Union Minister Sharad Yadav said that he would make efforts to unite splinter groups of the Janata Dal, including the Janata Dal (Secular) headed by H.D. Deve Gowda.

April 14, 2004

>CPI(M) accuses Congress, BJP of keeping Janata Parivar divided

February 25, 2004

>Janata Parivar will come together: Swamy

Janata Party president, Subramanian Swamy, said that the decision of the All-India Progressive Janata Dal (AIPJD) to contest the elections on the JP symbol was the beginning of the coming together of the Janata Parivar to "revive the spirit of 1977 once again."

July 4, 2003

>JD(S), JD(U) agree to merge ‘unconditionally’

In a significant political development in Hassan, the leaders of the Janata Dal (Secular) and the JD (United) agreed to merge their parties at the Karnataka level.

January 4, 2003

>Pawar optimistic on merger of Janata Dal factions

The President of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and former Maharashtra Chief Minister, Sharad Pawar, has said that the consolidation of a third front was the need of the hour in the light of the poll outcome in Gujarat and the Congress's outlook in the recent elections.

December 1, 2001

>Efforts on to unite Janata ‘parivar’

Efforts to reunite various factions of the Janata Parivar — the Samata Party, the Janata Dal (United) and the Lok Janshakti — aligned with the National Democratic Alliance, have been intensified with an eye on the elections to the Uttar Pradesh Assembly.

January 8, 2001

>Janata parivar: Another split

The Samata Party, yet another splinter group that emerged out of the grand alliance of non-Congress forces — the Janata experiment — has split once again.

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