LJP denies alliance with BJP


LJP-leaderNew Delhi: It seems to be a ping-pong game between the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), the Congress, the BJP and the Rashtriya Janata Dal.

Within hours of LJP leader Surajbhan Singh announcing that the party had finalised a deal with the BJP, it has issued several denials. LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan’s son Chirag said, “There are no talks with the BJP at present. It will take shape only after the LJP’s parliamentary board meets in a day or two.”

Chirag Paswan’s alleged meeting with BJP chief Rajnath Singh last week had fuelled speculation that an alliance was on the cards.

Sources say that Chirag wants to contest from Jamui while his father Ram Vilas Paswan wants to contest from Hajipur in Bihar. Sources also say that the BJP is unwilling to concede to the requests.

“The person who chose to walk out of the NDA after the Gujarat pogrom will find it hard to make a U-turn now especially when all the issues related to the pogrom continue to remain unaddressed,” a senior Congress leader said reacting to the turn of events.

RJD chief Lalu Prasad too dismissed rumours of a LJP-BJP alliance. “I don’t believe what any other leader has to say (refers to Surajbhan Singh). We have to stop communal forces,” he said.

Sources say that a section within the BJP feels that this is a hard bargaining game being played by Paswan to extract the best possible deal from the Congress and the RJD.

Senior BJP leaders from Bihar will hold a meeting with the party top brass in Delhi today to discuss the situation.