LJP kickstarts election campaign in Rajasthan

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Bharatpur, Feb 19 (UNI) Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) today kicked off its campaign for the coming Assembly election in Rajasthan with a pledge to overthrow the present BJP government and stop the Bahujan Samaj Party from expanding its reach in the State.

Addressing a rally organised at the Gandhi Park here, LJP chief Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan took this pledge and indicated that the party would fight the state assembly election on 50 seats.

During the last Assembly polls also the party had started its campaign from here and had contested on 39 seats. It, however, tasted victory on only one seat in Jhunjhunu represented by Ranvir Singh Hooda.

Reacting to the comments of UP Chief Minister Mayawati at a recent election rally in the state where she endorsed giving SC status to Gujjars, Ms Paswan said that while Ms Mayawati talks of Gujjar reservation, both of her party MLAs oppose the same in the state Assembly.

He said in Mayawati's hometown Uttar Pradesh itself there have been recent cases of atrocities on Dalits. While Dalits constitute 22 per cent of the state's population, only 10 per cent reservation been announced for them.

He also alleged that Ms Mayawati had become close to the upper caste and blamed her for indulging in money making.

Mr Paswan also commented on the BJP saying a party which has cheated Lord Rama will not spare the public. The BJP has not built Rama temple during its regime of six years and now the BSP was following suit in collecting trhe votes of the upper caste, he added.

The Union Minister also discussed the achievements of its ministeries on this occasion.

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