In a press conference held this evening, Sharad Yadav, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Lalu Prasad, Nitish Kumar, Abhay Chautala, and HD Deve Gowda announced the formation of new Janata Parivaar. Here are some of the highlights.

-We have decided to form a new party. Mulayam Singh Yadav will be the party chief : Sharad Yadav

-Mulayam Singh Yadav will be the leader of the party in Parliament : Sharad Yadav

-The decision on Mulayam Singh Yadav was "unanimous" : HD Deve Gowda

-We have come together to defeat the designs of the communal forces : Lalu Prasad Yadav

-We will have to decide on the name later, we have decided on 'Netaji' as our leader : Lalu Prasad Yadav

-Our policy will be around defeating the BJP - 'Inka hawabazi hai, hawa nikal dengey tube se' : Lalu Prasad Yadav

-I congratulate Mulyam Singh Yadav. This party will give new direction to Indian politics : Nitish Kumar

-This new party will fight for the people of the country : Abhay Chautala

-The country has many hurdles facing it and the government in Delhi is not ready to face them : Mulayam Singh Yadav

-This government never takes the Opposition parties into confidence : Mulayam Singh Yadav

-Tell me one new thing this BJP government has done : Mulayam Singh Yadav

-I told them if you have no results to show, at least tell us what efforts are being made (to fulfill the promises made before elections) : Mulayam Singh Yadav

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