Bihar Assembly election is said to be the biggest test facing the new party. The six-party Janata parivar merger seems to be unlikely as technical issues were coming up as irritants. The parivar’s target was to put a check to Modi’s popularity besides emerging as a future national alternative to Congress and saffron party. Their first priority was to avoid vote spit in the Bihar Assembly elections due to be held in the month ending to come to power in that State. They were also resolved to make sure that BJP lose Bihar. For this six parties came on a common platform while completing the ground work and shedding their egos.
The parivar was announced officially but technical issues came in the way. Merger situation looks doubtful before the Bihar polls. All the six parties will be invalid after the Samajwadi Janata party gets the recognition and party symbol from the election commission. Still a long time is required for completing this process. There is no clarity as of now over party symbol and principles. As the time left is short to face the Bihar polls, they have decided to contest jointly on old symbols while distributing the seats among them. JDU however, says no comment on merger. Last month the janata parivar was formed by the union of Samajwadi party, JDU, RJD, JDS, Indian national lok dal and Samajwadi janata party. Leader of Samajwadi party Mulayam Singh Yadav will lead the new party.