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LJP gears for life minus ally

Patna, Nov. 28: The LJP brass today urged its workers to be ready for anything in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, even fight without the RJD.

At the party’s 14th foundation day celebrations at SK Memorial Hall, the big issue was a decision on the 2014 alliance.

If many senior leaders iterated their stand for the LJP-RJD alliance, others were ready to go it alone.

Senior leader Surajbhan Singh said: “It is my open challenge to the RJD to contest the 2014 elections alone. Coalition is the need of hour and no party can dare to contest the elections alone.”

It was seen as reaction to the recent statement of RJD MP from Vaishali Raghuvansh Prasad Singh that the party was going to contest all the 40 Lok Sabha seats in the state.

Ram Vilas Paswan, the LJP national president, also stressed for continuing the alliance with RJD.

He, however, said that no one should consider his party as a weak partner. Stressing the need for coalition politics, he said: “In 2009, the RJD-LJP alliance had to face the consequences of a late decision on the tie-up by winning only four seats. Even though the senior leaders of both parties came together on one stage, there was no bond on the ground level.”

Chirag Paswan, the LJP youth brigade leader and party’s central parliamentary board chairman, also urged the party workers, especially youths, to be prepared for any consequences in 2014. He said while the LJP was in favour of an alliance, the RJD leadership had to decide.

He also urged the youths to come out of the barriers of caste and religion.