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I will play role of 'mahout' if LJP-RJD combine wins: Paswan

india Updated: Oct 14, 2010 13:17 IST

Voicing confidence about a favourable poll verdict, LJP supremo Ramvilas Paswan said he would have play the role of a 'mahout' and not that of a 'super CM' in case the RJD-LJP combine is voted to power in Bihar.

Paswan also ruled out the possibility of jumping the fence and aligning with the Congress in a post-poll situation while making it clear that he was not averse to RJD chief Lalu Prasad being projected as the Chief Ministerial candidate.

"This time, it is an interesting battle which will burst the bubble of the NDA government led by Nitish Kumar, who stands isolated with cracks in ruling alliance. Both the BJP and JD(U) are grappling with infighting following glaring differences over issues ranging from who will not not campaign and revolt after distribution of tickets," Paswan told PTI.

He was apparently referring to the recent resignation of state BJP president Dr C P Thakur and rebel NDA MPs fielding their kin on tickets from Congress and other parties.

Bracing up for the big fight, Paswan claimed it was he who brought Prasad down from power in 2005. The October 2005 elections saw the RJD emerge as the largest opposition party following major reverses, largely due to the split in the anti-Lalu votes which also went to the LJP and independents.

"I have already realised the mistakes I committed that led to installation of the NDA represented by communal and fascist forces...It dealt a blow not only to the RJD but also to the LJP" he said, adding people had also not benefited after the power slipped into the hands of "an arrogant" person like Nitish Kumar.

"Now I am taking all steps with full precaution to ensure the victory of the alliance," he said. On the credibility of his alliance partner and RJD chief, Paswan said, "Lalu has taken a lesson from past and he is a reformed person now."

Unfazed by the desertion of sitting MLAs and several senior leaders, Paswan said he would emerge as the `king maker' and refused to acknowledge erosion in his party's Dalit vote base, saying the 'Mahadalit' card played by Nitish Kumar has been exposed as the Dalits have realised the "big fraud" played by the chief minister.