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LJP on the brink of a split
Onkar Singh in New Delhi |
May 21, 2005 12:05 IST
Last Updated: May 21, 2005 21:28 IST
The Ramvilas Paswan-led Lok Janshakti Party on Saturday appeared moving towards a split following the resignation its general secretary, Nagmani and the 'meeting' of some of its legislators with rival Janata Dal's leaders.
A dozen party MLAs were reportedly "holding talks" with Janata Dal-United over government formation in Bihar.
The LJP, with 29 MLAs, holds the key to power in Bihar, now under President's rule.
The evolving scenario apparently prompted Bihar Governor Buta Singh to have a 30-minute meeting with Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil in Delhi. He said the developments have shown that his statements in the past one-week about horse-trading going on in the state were correct.
Asserting that the development was a "betrayal" of the people's verdict, Singh said he has brought to the notice of the home minister the situation in Bihar. Singh said he was keeping a constant watch on the situation and would intervene at the "right moment".
Paswan, meanwhile, told reporters in Delhi that attempts to split his party would not succeed even as he hinted at involvement of both the National Democratic Alliance and Rashtriya Janata Dal in the move.
While RJD chief and Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav declined to comment on the turn of events, he, and Paswan too, held telephonic talks with Patil.
Earlier, Nagmani told reporters in Patna that he had sent across his resignation to Paswan.
He said he resigned after learning that Paswan had been making moves to install a government led by RJD in Bihar.
Speaking to a television channel, Nagmani said all formulae put forth by Paswan for government formation have failed. "A government led by the NDA is the only option left now," he said.
He said he had time and again asked Paswan to back a government led by JD-U leader Nitish Kumar, but he did not pay heed.
With PTI inputs