Patna: Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ramvilas Paswan on Monday said there were several contenders in the fray for the post of President after Pratibha Patil.

"Now there are several contenders for the post in the rest for the forthcoming presidential poll in the country," Paswan said without naming anyone.

He said national parties like Congress and BJP had not opened their cards on the subject so far.

Presidential election would be held in July.

Questioning the justification for setting up Savarna Commission to identify the underprivileged families among upper castes in Bihar, Paswan said it would meet the similar fate of the Bandopadhyay commission on Land reforms, the recommendations of which were yet to be implemented.

Paswan, however, advocated for ten percent reservation for poor among the upper caste.

He alleged that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had constituted the Savarna Commission for vote bank politics.

On the Mahadalit Commission, Paswan told reporters that the government used the name Mahadalit for getting grants from the Centre though there is no mention about mahadalit in the Constitution.

Paswan also described as 'drama' the Seva Yatra launched by Kumar, saying said people had lost faith in such yatra for political gain at the cost of the state exchequer.

"The promises being made by Kumar are not being fulfilled. Kumar has even sent Hitler's Goebbels behind in his spread of propaganda," Paswan alleged.

He said LJP would launch a signature campaign from April 30 to press for promulgation of financial emergency and sacking of Nitish Kumar government in Bihar.

(Agencies)