The alliance between BJP and LJP is likely to be announced in a couple of days as the party's Parliamentary Board authorized Paswan to take a final decision in this regard and did not hide its bitterness towards Lalu Prasad's RJD. (Agencies)
"LJP Parliamentary Board has passed a resolution that all steps, even if they are strong ones, should be taken in the interest of the party and if an alternative alliance is to be firmed up, party chief Ram Vilas Paswan should take the decision", Chirag Paswan, who heads the Parliamentary Board, told reporters.
He said that there was a "deadlock" on the issue of alliance between RJD-Congress and LJP.
To a question whether LJP will tie-up with BJP, he said that "all options are now open for the LJP".
The LJP chief said members in the Parliamentary Board were of the opinion that the option of going with BJP should also be kept open.
Ram Vilas Paswan said, "We had our grievances with RJD for a long time. I had even gone to meet Lalu Prasad in jail. But soon after he was out, RJD leaders started saying LJP should be given three seats. That is why we left to Congress to decide the seat sharing. I waited for months, but there was no decision."
"They assumed that LJP is nothing, it is irrelevant. If one takes 25 seats (RJD) and the other 15 (Congress). It means they do not treat LJP as part of the alliance.... That is why the party has authorised me to explore new alternative".
The LJP had also explored possibility of a tie-up with JD (U). To questions whether LJP has no problems aligning with Narendra Modi-led BJP, Ram Vilas Paswan said, "Opinion in LJP is not against going with BJP. A decision on alliance will be taken in 3-4 days since the party has given the responsibility for it....
"The party looks for a new option. It means that there is a deadlock in the old alternative. Our alliance was with the RJD. That option is now deadlocked. There is now no dialogue, no communication."
Several BJP leaders have met Chirag. Talk is that BJP has offered seven seats to LJP, which is pressing for nine seats in Bihar. BJP MP Shahnawaz Hussain had called on LJP chief a few days back while senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad had visited Paswan on January 14 on the day of Makar Sankranti.
Ram Vilas Paswan had left the NDA and resigned from the Vajpayee government in the wake of the Gujarat riots in 2002. LJP was part of the Congress-led UPA from 2004 to 2009 with Paswan being a Cabinet Minister at the Centre.
The alliance between BJP and LJP is likely to be announced in a couple of days as the party's Parliamentary Board authorized Paswan to take a final decision in this regard and did not hide its bitterness towards Lalu Prasad's RJD.