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LJP, Cong join hands for W Bengal Assembly polls

"According to our arrangements with the Congress regarding sharing of seats, the LJP will field candidates in 10 seats," party chief Ramvilas Paswan said.

india Updated: Mar 26, 2006 21:40 IST

The Lok Janshakti Party on Sunday announced its tie-up with the Congress in the upcoming West Bengal Assembly polls.

"As part of the seat-sharing arrangements with the Congress for the West Bengal elections, the LJP will field candidates in 10 seats," LJP chief and Union Minister Ramvilas Paswan said.

Paswan took a potshot at the CPI(M), whose senior leader Sitaram Yechury had sought his ouster from the UPA for contesting against UPA partners, the Congress, RJD, CPI(M) and the NCP, in the Bihar assembly election.

"Those who were accusing us of weakening the UPA coalition are today themselves gunning against the coalition partners," he said.

The LJP chief also blamed the RJD for forcing a contest for one 'open' Rajya Sabha seat in Bihar.

"The RJD had told us that they would support the LJP nominee other than Ranjan Prasad Yadav, friend-turn-foe of Lalu Prasad. We turned down the proposal and decided to go ahead with a contest," Paswan said.

The LJP president earlier held a meeting with his party MLAs and discussed 'strategy' for the RS poll.

First Published: Mar 26, 2006 21:02 IST