Ram Vilas Paswan on Wednesday met Sonia Gandhi and urged her to play the lead role in finalising the seats in Bihar which sends 40 members to the Lower House of Parliament.

Paswan also informed Gandhi that his party will not enter in talks with RJD chief Lalu Prasad on the issue of seat sharing and wants Congress to mediate the dialogue. The LJP chief was accompanied by his son and party's parliamentary board chairman Chirag Paswan.

However, Congress president said that she will ask the state in-charge and senior party leader CP Joshi to convene an official meeting in this regard in next couple of days.

Sources said that the LJP would not agree to contest on less than 9-10 seats as the party fielded 12 candidates in 2009 general elections and stood second in most constituencies.

On the other hand, Lalu Yadav’s RJD wants LJP to contest on lesser number of seats. This is a main hurdle behind Paswan meeting Sonia Gandhi in the national capital.

Paswan wants RJD to compromise on half of the seats for Congress, LJP and NCP and make consensus on the seat-sharing issue before holding any formal meeting with former chief minister.


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