Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad on Sunday said the merger of six Janata Parivar parties to counter the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has already “happened" and Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav would make a formal announcement.

“The merger of six Janata Parivar parties has already happened. It’s final and formal announcement will be done by Mulayam Singh Yadav. We all will come under one flag and one symbol to counter the BJP which has cheated the country," Prasad said.

The RJD chief was speaking to media persons after the day-long national executive meeting of his party got over at a posh hotel in the state capital.

Over 250 representatives from 21 states, including leaders like Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, Abdul Bari Siddiqui, MP Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav, Bihar RJD president Ram Chandra Purve and others were present on the occasion.

Speaking further on the merger, Prasad said there should be no doubts regarding the merger henceforth and indicated that other “secular" parties may too be invited to join the new entity that emerges out of it.

“Merger means merger. There should be no doubts about it. Only one symbol and not other shall remain because different symbols will create confusion among the public. We will also ask other secular parties to join the new party to combat communalism," he added.

The six Janata Parivar parties which are in the process of merging together to taken on BJP and its allied parties, are RJD, SP, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar led Janata Dal (United), former prime minister H.D. Deve Gowda led Janata Dal (Secular), Om Prakash Chautala’s Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and Samajwadi Janata Party (SJP).