Sharad Yadav, Lalu Yadav back together after 25 years

Veteran socialist leader and former Union minister Sharad Yadav Sunday merged his Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) party with the country’s another tall socialist politician Lalu Prasad Yadav-led Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) in New Delhi.

This happened 25 years after the two tall socialist leaders parted ways.

“He (Tejashwi) is the future. Today we need young people. RJD is your party, you have to strengthen it. Strengthen his hands. I cannot be active like before. But I will do my best to strengthen him. We will talk to Akhilesh to strengthen our fight…I believe Lalu Prasad will walk free one day. He would not have been in jail had he compromised with communal forces,” Sharad Yadav said.

RJD leader and Bihar’s Leader of the Opposition Tejashwi Prasad Yadav was present during the event.

Tejashwi said: “Across the country, hatred is being spread, brotherhood is at peril, price rise is a crude reality and constitutional institutions are being reduced to party cells. People who are raising questions on unemployment, inflation are being crushed. Sharad Yadav’s decision (to merge his party with RJD) gives us strength and confidence and will prove helpful. Going ahead, this is also sending out a message to all opposition parties that we are already running late. We should have come together after 2019 itself. We will be able to oust the communal forces if the socialist forces join hands. Demands are being raised to disenfranchise the minorities. We will never let that happen.”

Lalu and Sharad had parted ways in 1997 when Lalu Prasad Yadav had founded the RJD and Sharad Yadav along with Nitish Kumar launched the JD(U).

Sharad Yadav had formed the LJD in 2018 after parting his ways from Janata Dal (United) over the party’s alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party.

After the LJD-RJD merger, the RJD is likely to nominate Sharad Yadav to the Rajya Sabha during biennial polls for the Upper House slated for June