Paswan ready to ally with Congress in Gujarat

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Ahmedabad, Oct 13 (UNI) Lok Janshakti Party president Ram Vilas Paswan today said his party was ready to forge an alliance with the Congress for the forthcoming Gujarat assembly elections.

''We are ready to forge alliance with Congress for this election.

Our fight is against the BJP, for which we believe all political parties with secular credentials should come together,'' Mr Paswan told reporters here.

''Gujarat, the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi earlier known for its secular credentials, is now infamous for its communal forces. If the secular credentials have to be re-established in Gujarat, then the Modi government has to go,'' Mr Paswan said.

He said in the last assembly elections in 2002, the party had not fielded any candidates but had campaigned against the BJP in Gujarat following a request from Congress president Sonia Gandhi. ''This time, we have decided to contest the elections in Gujarat,'' he said.

On the seat-sharing arrangement in the event of an alliance with the Congress, Mr Paswan said, ''We will leave the decision to the Congress. However, we request Congress to give us those weak seats that have been lost by it in previous elections.'' Even if the alliance with the Congress does not work out, the party will still field own candidates from all the 182 constituencies, he said.

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