LJP chief and Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Saturday said Shiv Sena should now “fall in BJP line” and suggested NDA partners not to “throw unnecessary weight” in states where the saffron party is strong.
He, however, ducked questions on Congress leader Digvijaya Singh’s demand for giving similar compensation to the survivors of Gujarat riots as announced for the 1984 anti-Sikh 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 BJP line. Shiv 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. “Our party has 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.
Later talking to The Indian Express, Paswan lauded efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to give a “good compensation” to 1984 riots victims.