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Lalu rules out pact with Paswan

June 01, 2005 19:54 IST

Rashtriya Janata Dal president Lalu Prasad Yadav on Wednesday ruled out firming up an electoral tie-up with his arch rival and Lok Janshakti Party counterpart Ram Vilas Paswan for the upcoming assembly elections in Bihar.

Lalu said the LJP was now defunct.

"LJP is now a spent force after its legislators deserted Paswan. It has been reduced to a party without rank and file," Prasad said, while talking to reporters on his arrival from New Delhi.

"There is no possibility of an electoral agreement between the LJP and RJD," he said.

On the efforts for a complete alliance among the United Progressive Alliance partners in Bihar, Lalu said there was no UPA in Bihar.

He, however, said he was ready to spare more seats for the Congress, Communist Party of India and CPI-Marxist this time.

On Paswan's allegation that RJD had not agreed to his suggestion for a Muslim CM in Bihar, the RJD leader said Paswan's proposal came at the eleventh hour when the state assembly was being dissolved.

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