This is a quick sum up of Janata Parivar Merger Facts.
# Janata Parivar Merger took place on 15th April, 2015.
# Six socialist parties that merged to become the larger Janata Parivar are: Samajwadi Party, Janata Dal (Secular), Rashtriya Janata Dal, Janata Dal (United), Indian National Lok Dal and Samajwadi Janata Party.
# The prominent leader of these parties respectively are:
Samajwadi Party: Mulayam Singh Yadav
Rashtriya Janata Dal: Lalu Prasad Yadav
Janata Dal (Secular): HD Deve Gowda
Janata Dal (United): Nitish Kumar
Indian National Lok Dal: Om Prakash Chauthala
Samajwadi Janata Party: Kamal Morarka
# The group will be led by Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, at whose Delhi residence the merger took place as well.
# All the parties that are now part of Janata Parivar used to be part of a now dysfunctional political party-Janata Dal. BJP which was then called Jan Sangh also used to be a part of the Janata Dal.
# The intent of the Janata Parivar leaders behind forging the merger is to emerge as a credible opposition to BJP at the centre. However, political analysts are calling the merger an attempt to win Bihar Assembly Elections due at the end of 2015. Assembly Elections are also due in Uttar Pradesh in 2017.
# Together the Janata Parivar now has 15 Member of Parliaments in the Lok Sabha and 30 in Rajya Sabha
#Their most strong footing is in Bihar. RJD and JD(U) though did not contest elections together in Lok Sabha 2014 but they hold a similar vote share. They also put up an impressive show in by-elections to 2014 Lok Sabha elections when JD(U) fought along with RJD and Congress.
# According to a Times of India report, they will contest adopt Samajwadi Party’s election symbol of ‘cycle’. However, there has been no formal announcement in this regard so far.