The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), a state party of Bihar and member in National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre, is going to hold its workers convention in Lucknow on Tuesday to draft a road map for contesting elections in UP.
Party national president and minister in Narendra Modi government, Ram Vilas Paswan along with his actor-turned-politician son Chirag Paswan will address the party workers at Laxman Mela ground, preparations for which have been started by state unit of LJP.
LJP has so far done politics in Bihar where castes dominate other issues in the elections and Paswan is known there as prominent Dalit leader. According to a LJP leader, if party contests Assembly elections of Uttar Pradesh in 2017 in alliance with BJP, that could be beneficial for the both the parties. LJP could attract Dalit voters of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) for BJP, he said.
LJP UP president Triveni Pal refused to divulge the agenda of the meeting but said, “Party will workout its strategy for 2017 UP Assembly polls at the convention where workers from across the state will assemble to meet party national president Ram Vilas Paswanji.”
LJP was member of UPA government in the past. Pal said that LJP was now partner in NDA and political scenario as well as agenda has been changed.
“In the changed political scenario, party national leadership will declare its agenda for the workers and give its message to them for next Assembly polls during the convention,” Pal said.
Another party leader said that major change that LJP could show in the convention would be discussion on the agenda of development along with politics of caste. “As PM Modi has kept development on priority in his agenda before and after the election, LJP now needs to speak about it apart from taking about politics of Dalit caste to sustain in NDA,” said LJP leader.
LJP had contested on 212 seats in UP Assembly in 2012 and security deposit of all its candidates had been forfeited. In 2002, LJP had contested on 18 assembly seats in UP and its one candidate Raja Ram had won from Gadwara.
Pal said that BJP has organisational set up in all districts and party will contest Assembly elections in 2017 too but seat sharing with BJP would be discussed later.
BJP spokesperson Chandra Mohan said that discussion about alliance for Assembly polls would be decided by the national leadership later but presently there was need to fight against Samajwadi Party government that was doing atrocities on poor and needy.
Asked about LJP’s convention, Chandra Mohan said, “In a democratic set up, any party has the right to hold workers meet and contest election anywhere. But in current scenario, LJP should first fight against SP rule in UP which BJP is doing aggressively and successfully. In UP people will support only that party, which can given them relief from SP rule.”