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LJP releases first list of candidates for Bihar polls

Ram Vilas Paswan released the first list of party candidates for 43 of the 61 assembly constituencies.

india Updated: Oct 08, 2005 02:37 IST

The Lok Janashakti Party (LJP) led by Steel Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Thursday moved a step further to take on the Congress, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Communist Party of India-Marxist CPI (M) in the Bihar assembly elections by releasing its first list of candidates.

Putting an end to Congress' hopes of consolidation of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), Paswan released the first list of party candidates for 43 of the 61 assembly constituencies. The first phase of polling starts October 18.

Paswan said the LJP would contest 49 seats on its own. The names of candidates for the remaining six seats are expected to be announced soon.

In the first list, the caste equation was kept in view and Muslims, Yadavas and scheduled castes, Rajputs, Bhumihars, women and extremely backward candidates were given due representation.

The LJP had on Wednesday finalised the seat-sharing arrangement with its allies CPI and Forward Bloc.

Paswan had said that the LJP would contest against anyone allied with RJD, including the Congress and the CPI (M).

He had also announced that his party would not field candidates against the Congress in the four-stage polls.

However, he declared that he would not speak anything against the Congress or CPI-M during campaigning. "My main target will be Lalu Prasad's RJD and NDA," he said.

In the February assembly elections that produced a hung verdict, the Congress was with the LJP. The Congress, RJD, CPI-M and Nationalist Congress Party are contesting and campaigning together.

First Published: Sep 29, 2005 16:12 IST