SJP state units likely to merge with regional parties: Morarka

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Jaipur, Dec 10 (UNI) The Samajwadi Janata Party(SJP) state units, facing threat of existence after the passing away of its supremo former prime minister Chandrashekhar, are likely to merge with suitable regional parties in their respective states, hints former Union Minister of State Kamal Morarka.

Talking to newspersons here yesterday, Mr Morarka said ''party leadership has held initial rounds of discussions with the state leaders to explore all possible options for taking future course of action to advance the cause of the party as envisaged by our late leader.'' ''During the discussions, two options figured out before us - one for merging the party with some national party and the other is to go with suitable like-minded regional party at state level,'' he said.

Mr Morarka said among the national parties, SJP cadres had option to opt the Congress or the BJP but none of the party leaders would like to have a truck with the saffron party and the option of going with Congress was not politically viable in states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar for the prevailing political scenario.

Mr Morarka said therefore, the final decision would be taken at the next round of meeting to be held shortly.

However, the wishes and opinion of the party state units would be given all weightage as they might opt to go with regional parties like Samajwadi Party of Mulayam Singh Yadav in Uttar Pradesh and Rastriya Janta Dal(RJD) of Lalu Prasad in Bihar, Mr Morarka concluded.

UNI

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