PAT, January 4: Senior JD(U) leader and former Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday said that the proposed merger of Jata Parivar parties, including Lalu Prasad’s RJD and Mulayam Singh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party, was on track, though no deadline has been fixed for it. “We all are active on the merger. Mulayam Singh Yadav, who has been authorized to take it ahead, is working on it. We talked about it on January 1 too. He will filize it after talking to everybody (all parties), but no deadline has been fixed for it yet,” said Kumar. “Merger will be according to a set process and all formalities will be finished before it. Though our party members have suggested that it should not become a never–ending process and should be completed soon,” Kumar added.
Kumar, flanked by state JD(U) president Vashistha rayan Singh and a couple of ministers, was talking to media persons after the end of two–day meeting of party leaders here. The meeting deliberated over various issues including merger of parties, future public engagements and issues that will be taken up in the run–up to the assembly elections next year. Talking about merger Kumar said it has nothing to do with ‘Kharmas’ (iuspicious month from December 14 to January 14) and it will not happen immediately after the period was over. “The timing of the merger of Jata Parivar parties has nothing to do with Kharmas. We don’t know how a section of media arrived on the conclusion that we were waiting for this period to get over. Let me tell you that nothing will happen immediately after January 14,” Kumar added. (IANS)