Talks stuck,Paswan renews threat to RJD

The deadlock over seat-sharing talks among UPA allies — RJD,LJP and Congress — in Bihar does not appear to be ending anytime too soon with RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav....

Written by J.P. Yadav | New Delhi | Published: March 8, 2009 1:27 am

The deadlock over seat-sharing talks among UPA allies — RJD,LJP and Congress — in Bihar does not appear to be ending anytime too soon with RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav taking a tough stand and refusing to part with some of the seats of sitting RJD MPs being claimed by the Ram Vilas Paswan-led LJP. The deadlock has prompted Paswan to renew his threat to go alone and contest all 40 Lok Sabha seats in the state.

Paswan on Saturday said he was upset over the delay in finalisation of the seat-sharing arrangement and held Lalu Prasad Yadav responsible for resorting to his dilly-dallying tactics. “I have directed my party men to be ready to contest all 40 seats. I cannot wait for long. If the RJD is interested in having alliance with my party then it should finalise everything without any delay,” Paswan said.

Talks between the RJD chief and LJP’s Bihar president and Paswan’s brother Pasupati Paras on Friday evening were deadlocked as the former refused to give some seats demanded by the LJP. The RJD chief was also against leaving more than 10 seats for Paswan’s party,five for the Congress and one for the NCP. “We are willing to give more seats to the LJP but how can we part with our sitting seats that they are demanding. They should talk reasonably,” said a senior RJD leader. Paswan says the sitting seats formula cannot be applied this time as delimitation has changed the demography of constituencies.

With the talks remaining inconclusive,Lalu has called a meeting of his party’s parliamentary board on Sunday and has offered to hold talks after the meet.

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