He, however, ducked questions on Congress leader Digvijaya Singh’s demand for giving relief to the survivors of Gujarat riots as announced for 1984 riots victims.
Talking to reporters here, Union Food Minister said: “NDA could have done much better in Maharashtra had Shiv Sena decided to contest as an NDA ally. Now that BJP has emerged stronger, Sena should fall in line. Sena has come to such a situation because of its obstinacy.”
The LJP leader said NDA partners must not flaunt “unnecessary” weight on BJP in states or areas where it had been strong. “We supported BJP in Haryana and Maharashtra quietly. Our party is not decided on how many seats we should contest in Jharkhand as BJP had come first and second on many seats. It would be a pragmatic arrangement to ensure NDA’s victory.”
Paswan, whose party would organise its foundation day at district headquarters across the country later this month, said he had been in talks with BJP national president Amit Shah to explore should LJP contest a few seats in election-bound Jammu and Kashmir.
Talking to The Indian Express, Paswan lauded efforts of PM Narendra Modi to give a “good compensation” to 1984 riots victims. But asked if Godhra riots victims should also be given the same compensation, he said: “I do not know compensation facts of Godhra riots. But what PM has done for 84 riots is commendable.”