The new party will have a strength of 15 members in the Lok Sabha and 30 in the Rajya Sabha.
Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh will lead the new party formed after the merger of the Janata Parivar comprising the SP, the Janata Dal (United), the Rashtriya Janata Dal, the Janata Dal (Secular), the Samajwadi Janata Party and the Indian National Lok Dal.
A six-member committee including former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, Lalu Prasad, Sharad Yadav and Ramgopal Yadav will decide on issues such as the name and flag of the new party.
The SP has five seats in the Lok Sabha and 15 in the Rajya Sabha. It’s in power in Uttar Pradesh with 232 MLAs in the 403-member Assembly.
On the other hand, the RJD has four Lok Sabha members and one in the Rajya Sabha, while the JD (U) has two in the Lok Sabha and 12 in the Rajya Sabha.
Former Prime Minister Deve Gowda’s Janata Dal (Secular) has two seats in the Lok Sabha and one in the Rajya Sabha, while the INLD has two members in the Lower House and one in the Upper House.
In total, the new party will have strength of 15 members in the Lower House and 30 in the Upper House.
The Janata experiment: From The Hindu archives:
October 21, 2014
Finishes way behind in Haryana as the BJP outplays it in social engineering
October 2, 2014
Though not a Third Front yet, there are signs that the Janata Parivar — and some of its old friends — shaken out of its lethargy by this year’s general election results, is tentatively working towards creating an anti-BJP platform.
August 21, 2010
February 6, 2007
President of the Karnataka unit of the Janata Dal (U) B. Somashekar said that Janata Dal (S) president H.D. Deve Gowda, who was primarily responsible for the division of the Janata Parivar has no moral right to talk about uniting the Janata Parivar once again.
January 29, 2007
“I am willing to shed my ego, if any, and even step down from the presidentship of the party… ”
May 6, 2006
President of the Janata Dal (United) and former Union Minister Sharad Yadav said that he would make efforts to unite splinter groups of the Janata Dal, including the Janata Dal (Secular) headed by H.D. Deve Gowda.
April 14, 2004
February 25, 2004
Janata Party president, Subramanian Swamy, said that the decision of the All-India Progressive Janata Dal (AIPJD) to contest the elections on the JP symbol was the beginning of the coming together of the Janata Parivar to “revive the spirit of 1977 once again.”
July 4, 2003
In a significant political development in Hassan, the leaders of the Janata Dal (Secular) and the JD (United) agreed to merge their parties at the Karnataka level.
January 4, 2003
The President of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and former Maharashtra Chief Minister, Sharad Pawar, has said that the consolidation of a third front was the need of the hour in the light of the poll outcome in Gujarat and the Congress’s outlook in the recent elections.
December 1, 2001
Efforts to reunite various factions of the Janata Parivar — the Samata Party, the Janata Dal (United) and the Lok Janshakti — aligned with the National Democratic Alliance, have been intensified with an eye on the elections to the Uttar Pradesh Assembly.
January 8, 2001
The Samata Party, yet another splinter group that emerged out of the grand alliance of non-Congress forces — the Janata experiment — has split once again.