UPA to be a divided lot in Bihar with LJP going it alone
The ruling UPA at the Centre will be a divided lot in Bihar in the next Lok Sabha polls with Ram Vilas Paswan-led LJP ruling out any tie-up with RJD and announcing that it will contest all the 40 seats in the state alone.india Updated: Jan 10, 2009 21:21 IST
The ruling UPA at the Centre will be a divided lot in Bihar in the next Lok Sabha polls with Ram Vilas Paswan-led LJP on Saturday ruling out any tie-up with RJD and announcing that it will contest all the 40 seats in the state alone.
Making the announcement at a press conference here, Paswan also dismissed reports that he had held talks with RJD supremo and Union Minister Lalu Prasad on seat sharing in the key state.
The LJP and RJD along with Congress had contested the 2004 Lok Sabha elections in which the LJP had been given eight seats and Congress four, resulting in a rich electoral harvest for the UPA.
"We will contest all the 40 seats in Bihar and the process of candidate selection is already on," LJP chief and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said at a press conference. He said names of candidates for 16 Lok Sabha seats have already been announced.
To a question, Paswan said there have been no seat-sharing talks with UPA coalition partner RJD headed by Railway Minister Lalu Prasad.
"I have not held any talks with Lalu Prasad," he said when asked to comment on reports of some understanding between LJP and RJD.