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Paswan defends Kalyan after Lalu swipe

Differences in the Fourth Front over the relationship between Kalyan Singh and the Samajwadi Party deepened on Sunday with LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan jumping to the defence of the former BJP leader.

delhi Updated: May 04, 2009 00:13 IST

Differences in the Fourth Front over the relationship between Kalyan Singh and the Samajwadi Party deepened on Sunday with LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan jumping to the defence of the former BJP leader. This comes a day after Kalyan was described as a “convict” in the Babri Masjid demolition case by a clearly unhappy RJD chief Lalu Prasad.

“Kalyanji will remain with us. He is with (SP chief) Mulayam Singh Yadav. Kalyan Singh has said that two big leaders had given assurance that such things will not happen,” Paswan said.

The LJP chief's comments came after Prasad said that Kalyan was a “convict” in the Babri Masjid demolition case and questioned his role as a star campaigner for SP which is contesting Lok Sabha polls in alliance with RJD.

“He (Kalyan) is a convict in the demolition of the Babri Masjid... Is he a member of SP?.. He is not a member of the SP,” Prasad had said in Patna yesterday.

Kalyan, who was Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh when the Babri Masjid was demolished in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992, is an accused in the case. Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, Kalyan quit the BJP to join hands with his erstwhile detractor Mulayam Singh Yadav.

On Prasad’s attack, Kalyan Singh said: “He (Lalu) is referring to the past, he should speak about the present. Muslims have accepted me and I am comfortable with them, this is the fact today.”

Meanwhile, Mulayam said Kalyan has always fought for the welfare of farmers like himself.