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Monday , February 25 , 2013
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LJP seeks Cong help to oust Nitish govt

LJP national president Ram Vilas Paswan on Sunday said his party was open to an alliance with the Congress but admitted that they would have to win the people’s confidence to topple the Nitish-led government.

Addressing a news conference at the circuit house, Paswan launched a scathing attack on the state government and said it had failed miserably on all fronts.

He said Nitish had promised good governance, development and eradication of corruption but had failed to deliver on his vows.

Replying to a question on an alliance with the Congress, he said the LJP was looking forward to the tie-up but the former would have to take the first step.

“We shall have to win the confidence of the residents. People are disgruntled with the Nitish-led government and are looking for a suitable alternative,” he said.

“Corruption has increased and not even a needle industry has been started. More than 25,000 murders, an equal number of abductions and 7,700 incidents of rape have been registered during Nitish’s rule, proving the hollowness of the improved law and order claim,” he said.

Expressing concern over the rising number of liquor shops, he said students would take to alcohol and ruin their lives. He added that illicit liquor has claimed more than 2,000 lives in the state.

He alleged that in the past seven years, three lakh women had undergone tubectomy. Taking a dig at the government on the economic front, he said the debts stood at around Rs 70,000 crore.

The LJP chief said the growth story of the state was a complete lie.