Patna: Trying hard to placate Mulayam Singh Yadav into rejoining the anti-BJP bloc in Bihar, JD (U) chief Sharad Yadav on Thursday said that the 'grand alliance' will remain intact as it was before.
The JD (U) and RJD apparently hurtled to mollify Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, after SP general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav, announced earlier in the day that the party was walking out of Janata Parivar and will go it alone in Bihar assembly elections.
Talking to reporters after meeting Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, Sharad Y adav said, “The grand alliance will remain as it was before today” the ANI reported him as saying.
Though he refused to reveal more details of the talk, saying he talked to Mulayam mostly about national state affairs.
Meanwhile RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav also claimed that all will be right as efforts were on to repel away any feelings of discontent that Mulayamji had.
“Mulayam ji is our guardian and more than that he is my relative. If Mulayam ji is upset about something, we will definitely try to make things right,” Lalu told ANI.
The announcement by SP general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav, who had opposed the alliance from day one, in Lucknow was followed by the resignation of senior Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and former union minister Raghunath Jha from the party who walked into the SP fold along with Ram Jeevan Singh of the Janata Dal-United (JD-U).
While the SP had very little presence on the ground in Bihar, its moves on Thursday rendered a body blow to the perception of unity and expansion of the 'Maha Gathbandhan' in Bihar which is likely to go to polls within the next two months.
Announcing SP's walk out from the grand alliance in Bihar, the SP general secretary had said the party was not happy with the paltry two or five seats offered out of the 243 in the state Assembly.
On the future of 'Janata Pariwar', he said, at that time itself he had stated that he would not sign the "death warrant" of the party.
With Agency Inputs