'We will contest LS polls in Bihar with UPA allies'

RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Tuesday said his party would contest the Lok Sabha polls in Bihar in alliance with Congress, NCP and LJP but ruled out conceding more than 13 seats given to the UPA allies in 2004 elections.
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Updated on Feb 24, 2009 04:33 PM IST
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RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Tuesday said his party would contest the Lok Sabha polls in Bihar in alliance with Congress, NCP and LJP but ruled out conceding more than 13 seats given to the UPA allies in 2004 elections.

"Ram Vilas Paswan (LJP chief), Congress, NCP and RJD which are the UPA allies will contest together. I want that we contest together," Prasad told reporters in Parliament House premises.

On being asked what would be his plan of action if there was no consensus between the allies, Prasad said, "If they don't agree then all will contest....But I want that we contest together."

He said that none of the allies would give up a seat if there was no consensus. However, he was hopeful of working out the details soon. "We will sit together and discuss," Prasad said.

However, he ruled out conceding any more seats to the UPA allies than those at present.

Of the 40 seats in the state, RJD contested 26 seats, LJP (8), Congress (4) and NCP (1) in the 2004 general elections. The remaining seat went to the CPI(M).

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