Backing assertions that Ram Gopal Yadav misled Smajwadi Party under BJP against the merger of socialist party last year, Janta Dal United Leader K.C. Tyagi said, ” There was no Amar Singh factor then… the real factor was BJP pressure,” according the ET.
Tyagi also showed a copy of the ‘unacceptable’ proposal prepared by Ram Gopal Yadav, which read that the new party’s name, symbol and flag would be similar to that of SP and the post of party president and parliament board chief should be given to SP supremo Mulayam Singh yadav.
The proposal even said that party would fight the Bihar polls on SP name and symbol till merger formalities were completed as the requirement of Election Commission.
“Ram Gopal prepared the proposal knowing it would be rejected as it amounted to other parties surrendering their identity. But then JD(U) president Sharad Yadav surprised him by even agreeing to that proposal. Later, Ram Gopal invented the excuse that Mulayam was humiliated in Bihar’s seat-sharing and walked out of the merger. He misled Mulayam,” the senior leader told ET.
“It was pointed out to Ram Gopal that all parties would fight all 240 seats in Bihar under the new party headed by Mulayam and the cycle symbol, but to no avail,” the leader also added.
Ram Gopal in an interview to ET said the JD(U)’s KC Tyagi had issued a statement that Nitish Kumar would be leader of the merged party and that led to Mulayam calling off the merger. Replying to which Tyagi told ET,“That is absolutely false. I had never issued any such statement”.
Referring to Shivpal’s letter, Tyagi said: “It is not me but his own brother saying the merger didn’t work because of Ram Gopal. What more can I say?
Even today, I am ready for Mulayam’s leadership if a coalition works out,” Tyagi said, adding JD(U) and Ajit Singh’s RLD may go with the SP in Uttar Pradesh. “There were murmurs even then of BJP’s hand in derailing the merger but now things are confirmed with Ram Gopal’s own party saying the same,” Tyagi told ET.
(Inputs: The Economic Times)