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Lalu accuses BJP of horse-trading

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PATNA: The RJD supremo and Railway Minister, Lalu Prasad, has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of indulging in horse-trading and trying to split a party to form a government in Bihar.

Addressing party workers of the Patna division on Friday at a review meeting, Mr. Prasad charged that the BJP had set in motion a dangerous design, dangling a purse of Rs. 25 crores to break a political party besides wooing all the 17 independents in a desperate attempt to repeat what it had done in Jharkhand.

The RJD chief did not say which party the BJP was targeting but maintained that legislators of his party would not wilt under pressure. He alleged that the BJP had assured a Cabinet berth to all the prospective defectors and the 17 independents.

Stressing that he was against President's rule and early elections, Mr. Prasad said he was confident that an RJD-led Government would assume office by the end of next month. He said the BJP was desperate to prevent the return of the RJD as it would thwart its return to power at the Centre and its entry into West Bengal.

In his opinion the BJP considered the RJD a hurdle because it was on its strength that the UPA Government had been formed at the Centre.

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