Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) President Lalu Prasad Yadav on Saturday said that the merger of the RJD, Janata Dal – U, and Samajwadi Party (SP) would take place shortly after the inauspicious period of 'Kharmas' ends on January 14.

Denying any rift within the RJD over the proposed merger of the three parties, the former Chief Minister of Bihar said that the RJD, JD-U, and the SP would contest elections under one electoral symbol, under one flag, and with a single mission to stop the party of communalism, read the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), from expanding its brand of hatred.

Describing the talks of the merger in advanced stage, Yadav, who is poised to become the 'samadhi' of the SP chief, said that Mulayam Singh Yadav has been entrusted to close the merger deal on behalf of RJD, JD-U, and other like-minded parties.

"JD-U has 115 legislators in Bihar while the RJD has 24. By merging the two parties, our combined numbers will become 139 that is more than enough to keep Bihar out of the clutches of the BJP," the RJD chief said.