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Lalu to stake claim to form govt
February 27, 2005 19:53 IST
Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Sunday evening said his party will stake claim to form the next government in Bihar.
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Lalu claimed the RJD has emerged as the single largest party with 74 seats. "Add to it the tally of our pre-poll allies, the Congress, the Communist Party of India, the Communist Party of India- Marxist, the Nationalist Congress Party, and we will be well ahead of the National Democratic Alliance," he said.
On Lok Janshakti Party chief Ramvilas Paswan's stand maintaining equidistance from both the RJD and NDA, and instead seeking President's Rule, Lalu said, "I am not for President's Rule."
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Lalu said the people's mandate in Bihar is with secular parties. He said his party's main concern is to ensure that the NDA does not "set foot either in Bihar or Jharkhand."
Lalu said he will also seek support from the Bahujan Samaj Party, Samajwadi Party and independents.
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