Lalu sticks to stand on RJD-led front

Patna, Aug 23 | Updated: Aug 24 2005, 06:03am hrs
LJP leader Ramvilas Paswans obduracy on having no truck with his party notwithstanding, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav today renewed his appeal to all UPA allies to put up a united show in the upcoming Bihar Assembly polls.

We want all UPA allies and other like-minded parties to come together to take on the communal and fascist forces represented by the NDA. But this should not be seen as a sign of weakness...We are ready to take on communal forces on our own, Prasad said while apparently referring to the reluctance of the LJP and CPI to have an electoral pact with the RJD.

Launching a frontal attack on Paswan for his intransigence over aligning with the RJD, Prasad reminded him of the devastation the LJP had faced, with most of its MLAs in the dissolved Assembly breaking away and joining the JD-U.

The LJP MLAs went away due to Paswans recalcitrance on the issue of government formation. Paswan and his partymen, who had during the last Assembly poll stated that Rabri Devi would be locked in the bungalow (the LJPs election symbol) and immersed into the river Ganga seemed to have boomeranged, he said, adding now Paswans bungalow had been burnt and the key (to governent formation) which Paswan claimed to be having was also lost.

Prasad was addressing his party workers at the state council meeting of his party here.

He termed as a blatant lie Paswans charge that his proposal for making a Muslim chief minister was rejected by the RJD. Its absolutely false. In fact, Paswan made this offer to us when his house was devastated and his MLAs had deserted him, he clarified.

Advising Paswan to control his tongue, RJD president Lalu Prasad said, It is a key to political success.

Had Paswan supported us, a secular governent could have been formed, Prasad said, adding Paswan stood thoroughly exposed.

Admitting that mistakes were committed in the past in ticket distribution, he said winnability would be the sole criterion for the nominees this time.

Lalu declared that the district presidents would notbe allotted tickets and they would now have to make sacrifices and work for victory of candidates in their respective districts.

PTI