Patna, Jan 30,2014(PTI): Congress may finally find a footing in Bihar as Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) Chief Ram Vilas Paswan announced that he is ready to join hands with Lalu-led RJD and the Congress. He said,”RJD-LJP and Congress will fight the next Lok Sabha polls together in Bihar.
Now the talks among the three parties are only about the number of seats each of us will contest.” Dismissing reports that he would incur losses aligning with RJD, he said that though there was a dilemma he had left it to the Congress to decide. He was clear about his goals saying that the alliance could be the only solution to face a formidable challenge from the BJP. Meeting Sonia Gandhi yesterday for the second time in the last one month, he had earlier discussed the alliance with Rhul Ggandhi also. He, however, requested the Congress President to discuss the seat sharing with Lalu Yadav herself, indicating the discomfort between the two parties. He also made clear that his party will be contesting from at least 10 seats this time, against the 12 seats last time and that the seats would be of their choice. Congress too is ready to sort out differences with the RJD chief. Rahul Gandhi said, “our alliance (in Bihar) would be with the idea of a political party, not with an individual”.(PTI)
LJP sources said later that Paswan told Gandhi that his party will not talk to Lalu Prasad on the issue of seat sharing, reflecting the unease between the two parties. Paswan accompanied by his son and LJP Parliamentary Board Chairman Chirag Paswan had also made it clear to Gandhi that the LJP, which had contested on 12 Lok Sabha seats, will like to contest on at least 10 seats this time.