We will remain with UPA: Paswan
LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan today insisted that he would remain with the UPA and would discuss post-poll alliance if Congress president Sonia Gandhi extends an invitation.india Updated: May 09, 2009 14:16 IST
Amid reports that he is upset over Congress' overtures to JD(U), LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan on Saturday insisted that he would remain with the UPA and would discuss post-poll alliance if Congress president Sonia Gandhi extends an invitation.
"We have been saying from the beginning that we are in UPA and we will remain in UPA," Paswan told reporters here, a day after skipping the Union Cabinet meeting apparently because of his unhappiness with Congress for trying to reach out to JD(U).
The Union Minister for Steel and Chemicals said his party did not have pre-poll alliance with Congress this time as it "was not possible".
"There will be post-poll alliance... The only difference is that we had an alliance between Mulayam ji, Lalu ji and I. That is meant to stop BJP in Uttar Pradesh and NDA in Bihar. Let the results come. We will stop them," he said.
Asked when he would have talks with the Congress on post-poll alliance, Paswan said "We will sit with the Congress if we are invited. When UPA Chairperson invites us, then the question (of sitting with them) arises."
Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi had ruffled feathers of allies LJP and RJD by praising JD(U) leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday.