LJP to contest LS polls under secular front: Paswan

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Lucknow, Jun 1 (UNI) Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) supremo and Union Steel and Fertilisers Minister Ram Vilas Paswan today said his party will contest the 2009 Lok Sabha elections in alliance with secular parties, barring the BJP, BSP and the RLD.

Admitting that the inflation has really affected the common man of the country, he said it was a global trend that soared the prices due to hike of imported raw materials and petroleum prices.

'' But after the Lok Sabha polls the UPA government would again form the government as no political outfit is ready to shake hands with the BJP,'' he claimed.

'' We will certainly try out an amicable alliance with the Congress and other secular parties but in no way would go with the BJP, BSP or even the RJD,'' the Minister said while hinting his option was open for the JD(U) in Bihar.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr Paswan appreciated the closeness between the Congress and the Samajwadi Party, claiming that it would certainly strengthen the secular forces in the country.

'' We are in support of an alliance between the Congress and the SP as it would weaken the BJP and the ruling BSP in UP,'' he said, adding the real political scenario in the wake of LS polls would be clear after a couple of months.

Narrating in detail about the reason behind the inflation, the Minister said on his request the steel companies had reduced the prices by Rs 4000 per tonne but the government should also not ignore the increase of cooking coal imported by the companies which had touched 350 dollars per tonne from 96 dollars in the past three years.

Similarly, he said the fertiliser subsidy has also increased from Rs 15,000 crore to Rs one lakh crore due to rising prices of urea and DAP in the international market.

Mr Paswan also ruled out any influence in the Lok Sabha polls due to the debacle of Congress in Karnataka assembly elections. "The assembly elections are fought on different issues while for Parliament stopping the communal forces to regain power would be the sole commitment for all the secular parties," he claimed.

Lashing out at the Mayawati government in UP, the Dalit leader alleged that the present government was trying to create "political curfew" in the state by banning rallies and function by other parties.

'' Such step was anti-constitutional and anti-democratic as the BSP government was treating Dalits as their bonded labourers'', he alleged.

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