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'Janata Parivar' announces merger, yet to decide on name

New Delhi : After months of deliberations, six constituents of the erstwhile Janata Party, collectively referred as the 'Janata Parivar', announced their merger into a single entity on Wednesday to take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's BJP. However, they are yet to decide on a name and electoral symbol.

Mulayam Singh Yadav, whose Samajwadi Party is one of the merged entities, is the president of the new party.

Merger brings cheer to JD-U, RJD leaders and workers

Patna : The merger of six parties of the 'Janata Parivar', including Bihar's ruling JD-U and its ally RJD, cheered hundreds of their leaders and workers who felt relieved and ecstatic after the long-awaited development finally occurred in New Delhi on Wednesday.

A group of party leaders and workers distributed sweets at the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) offices here to express their happiness.


MIM’s plan to gain further foothold in Maharashtra nosedives

Candidate loses deposit in Bandra (E) assembly by-poll in Mumbai

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Mumbai: Barely six months after it marked a spectacular debut in Maharashtra’s political scenario – two seats in the assembly polls in 2014 – the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Musalimeen (AIMIM) on Wednesday received a major setback to its expansion plans when its candidate for the Bandra (E) by-poll ended a distant third position.

BJD, Congress oppose disinvestment in NALCO

Bhubaneswar : The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and the Congress on Wednesday opposed the Central government's move for disinvestment in the profit-making venture National Aluminium Company (NALCO) in Odisha.

After returning from his week-long trip to New Delhi, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday said his government would oppose any move to disinvest from the profit-making venture.

"NALCO is a very profit-making PSU (public sector undertaking) and I don't think disinvestment should take place there," Patnaik told reporters here.


Six parties form new party, Mulayam to be chief

New Delhi : Six parties of Janata Parivar on Wednesday decided to merge and form a new party with Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh as its president.

The decision was announced here by Janata Dal-United president Sharad Yadav after a meeting of six parties that included Janata Dal-Secular, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Indian National Lok Dal and Samajwadi Janata Party.


Kerala minister denies snooping on legislators

Thiruvananthapuram : The Kerala Police was not engaged in snooping on any legislator, said a Kerala minister.

Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala in a statement here on Wednesday said the news about police snooping on legislators is baseless.

"There have been reports attributed to the ruling UDF convenor P.P. Thankachen stating that he said this while speaking to a TV channel. Thankachen himself has denied this. Moreover, no wing of the police department has done this at all," said Chennithala.


Mayawati announces phased stir for farmers' cause

Lucknow : The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) would be launching a phased agitation against the anti-farmer policies of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP).

Announcing this at a press conference here, BSP chief Mayawati said in the first phase of the agitation, protests would be held at all district headquarters in Uttar Pradesh on April 27.

And if the problems are not solved, the former UP chief minister said, the second phase of the agitation would be launched on May 2 as a nationwide stir.


Janata Parivar merger may be formalised, leaders meet

New Delhi : An announcement on merger of the 'Janata Paivar' is expected on Wednesday as leaders from the socialist parties met here on the issue. The merged entity is likely to be called Samajwadi Janata Party (SJP).

Leaders from the six parties which are to merge met at Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh's Delhi residence.

The six parties, apart from the SP, are Janata Dal-United (JD-U), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), Janata Dal-Secular JD-S) and Samajwadi Janata Party-Rashtriya (SJP-R).


AAP to decide on Bhushan, Yadav at party meet

New Delhi : The political affairs committee of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is likely to hold a meeting here on Wednesday evening, said party volunteers.

"Future of the dissident leaders of the party, Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, will be decided in the meeting," said some volunteers of the party.

Dissident AAP leaders Yadav and Bhushan will also address the media persons at 4 p.m.

A source in the AAP said, "Both the rebel leaders, Yadav and Bhushan, may be expelled from the party after any such decision in the meeting."


SC larger bench to hear DMK leader's plea

New Delhi : DMK leader K. Anbazhagan's plea challenging the Tamil Nadu government appointing G. Bhavani Singh as Special Public Prosecutor in the hearing of former chief minister Jayalalithaa's appeal against her conviction and sentencing in a disproportionate assets case will now be heard by a larger bench as Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice R. Banumathi took divergent views.