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Paswan ties up with Congress

By Our Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI. JAN. 19. The Lok Janshakti Party president, Ramvilas Paswan, today announced a pre-poll tie-up with the Congress. As a part of the arrangement worked out between the two parties, Mr. Paswan said the party had decided to withdraw its candidates from 16 out of 64 seats going to the polls in the first phase of the elections in Bihar.

According to the LJP president, the electoral arrangement between the two parties was finalised on Wednesday at a high-level meeting. Those present from the Congress side were Ahamad Patel, Political Secretary to the Congress president, the Congress' interlocutors on Bihar, the HRD Minister, Arjun Singh, and M.L. Fotedar, AICC general secretary in charge of the State, Harikesh Bahadur, and the PCC chief, Ram Jatan Sinha.

Mr. Paswan and senior party leaders Ranjan Yadav, Suraj Bhan, Ram Chandra Paswan and Anwarul Haq represented the LJP. The two sides are to meet again to work out the details for the second and third phase of the polls in Bihar.

Secular alternative

Buoyed by the last-minute arrangement with the Congress, Mr. Paswan said that together the two parties would form the next Government in Bihar. "The message has gone out, that there is a viable secular alternative available to the people of Bihar in the form of the Congress and the LJP. The RJD's days in the Government are numbered. The minorities will now polarise behind us now," he said.

Significantly, while the Congress preferred not to divulge the details of the arrangement, Mr. Paswan announced that Congress would contest 80 of the 243 seats in Bihar and the LJP would contest the rest. "Not only will we not put up candidates against the Congress but I will also campaign for them."

Mr. Paswan repeatedly made the point that the arrangement between the RJD and the Congress was limited to only 24 seats whereas his party had a more wide-ranging understanding with the Congress. "In the seats where the Congress is contesting against the RJD they will be attacking the State Government," he said.

The LJP president said that had the Congress taken up his initial offer of a tie-up the situation in Bihar would have been totally different. "I had offered a fifty-fifty arrangement earlier. If it had been accepted, by now there would have been a wave in the State in our favour. But it's never too late, even now we will sweep the polls."

The LJP president was of the view that the Congress-LJP alliance was capable of making a dent in the Muslim-Yadav vote base of the RJD. "The minorities will now rally around us. Besides, we are also attracting votes from all sections of society, including the upper castes. If the Congress and the LJP had not supported the RJD in the last Lok Sabha elections, they would have got only four seats," he said.

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