UPA united for Lok Sabha polls in Bihar (Lead)

March 17th, 2009 - 3:52 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, March 17 (IANS) The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) members - Congress, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) - Tuesday announced that they will contest the upcoming parliamentary polls in Bihar together, with the RJD getting the lion’s share of seats.
The announcement was made by RJD chief Lalu Prasad and LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan at a press conference here. As per the seat sharing arrangement for Bihar’s 40 Lok Sabha seats, 25 will go to the RJD, 12 to the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and three to the Congress.

“The alliance is to strengthen secular forces in the country and it is the demand of the time. So the RJD and LJP have come together and we have also left the seats for the Congress untouched,” former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad told reporters.

The 25 seats from where the RJD will contest polls include Motihari, Darbhanga, Chapra, Madhepura and Siwan.

“The parties will decide their candidates on their own. In Jharkhand also we will fight elections together. An announcement in this regard will be made tomorrow (Wednesday),” Lalu added.

“Our main purpose is to defeat communal forces. We also think in the party’s interest but national interest is superior to it. The UPA will fight elections in alliance. Our performance will be better than last time. The UPA will get more seats in Bihar and the country and will form the government at the centre,” said Paswan.

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