Interacting with the media at the Press Club here, Paswan repeatedly attacked his foe-turned-friend-turned-foe Prasad and alleged that contrary to his claim the then Bihar Chief Minister was 'diffident' about arresting L K Advani in 1990 during the peak of Ayodhya movement and was apprehensive that communal riots could break out.

"They (Nitish and Lalu) are master of lies. They keep talking about Mandals. But they are not the messiah of Mandal... As far as Advani's arrest is concerned, it was planned long back. He was to be arrested in Uttar Pradesh but then something happened.

"The then Prime Minister V P Singh told Lalu Prasad in the night that he had to arrest Advani. Lalu was diffident. He said that communal riots could break out but Singh told him not to worry as arrangements were in place," cited Paswan, who was a Union Minister in the V P Singh government.

Prasad has repeatedly been claiming that he arrested Advani in Bihar and stopped his 'Rath Yatra' and that his alliance with Nitish Kumar is to prevent 'communal forces' from coming to power in Bihar.

Paswan, who heads Lok Janshakti Party, a key NDA constituent from Bihar, expressed confidence that the NDA will repeat its Lok Sabha performance in the state and win over 150 of total 243 Assembly seats.

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