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LJP to continue alliance with Cong

LJP will definitely have an alliance with Congress in Bihar for coming Lok Sabha polls, party chief Ram Vilas Paswan has said, while remaining non-committal about the tie with Lalu Prasad-led RJD.

india Updated: Feb 18, 2009 15:43 IST

LJP will definitely have an alliance with Congress in Bihar for coming Lok Sabha polls, party chief Ram Vilas Paswan has said, while remaining non-committal about the tie with Lalu Prasad-led RJD.

We want to continue our electoral alliance with Congress, but tie with other partners of the UPA will depend on the political situation prevailing in the country, Paswan said in Sonepat on Tuesday evening.

Asked about an alliance with RJD in Bihar, the Union Minister for Chemical and Fertilisers and Steel declined to comment on the matter.

The party had earlier said that it would contest on as many as 16 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar.

Paswan also indicated that the party would contest the Lok Sabha elections in other states also but did not divulge the names of them.

During 2004 general elections, Congress had contested on four seats in Bihar, while LJP and RJD had fielded eight and 26 candidates respectively. In total, the state has 40 parliamentary constituencies.