Nitish-led government in Bihar soon: JD-U

Rajgir, March 30 | Updated: Mar 31 2005, 05:30am hrs
Talks were in an advanced stage with LJP president Ramvilas Paswan to cobble together a majority to form a Nitish Kumar-led government in Bihar latest by next month, senior JD-U leader Prabhunath Singh claimed on Wednesday.

He also hinted at a JD (U)-led coalition government comprising the LJP, which holds the key to government formation with 29 MLAs, and the BJP supporting it from outside.

Dont go by media reports about Paswans tough posture on the issue of government formation. The scene, which looks dark at present, is not really true, he told mediapersons. The party was in the midst of its three-day brainstorming session to chart a fresh course of action to form a popular government replacing Presidents rule.

Claiming that several rounds of talks had been held with Mr Paswan on formation of a non-RJD government, Mr Singh termed the LJP chiefs response as positive and encouraging. However, he admitted that there were certain irritants coming in the way of the exercise, but said that they would be sorted out in a congenial atmosphere for which efforts are moving in the right direction.

Although there was no official confirmation from either LJP or BJP, Mr Singh said that a JD-U plus LJP government with BJP supporting from outside was being considered.

PTI