Paswan denies alliance, claims to have strong team for LS poll

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Varanasi, Jun 16 (UNI) Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president and union Minister for Chemical and Steel Ram Vilas Paswan today said his party is strong enough to contest election on its own in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

Talking to mediapersons here, Mr Paswan said there was no difference between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) as both share the same roof as far as morals and principles were concerned.

His party will prefer maintaining distance with them, however, could go for alliance, if any ''secular front'' emerged in future, he added.

Hinting over the possible alliance of SP and Congress, the LJP president said earlier, both were at loggerheads, however, now relations had improved.

Over his plans of attaining power in Bihar, he said situation had improved a little in Bihar after Nitish Kumar took over the regime.

However, the ground realities remained the same.

Ironically, both the staes share the same status in corruption, poverty, unemployment, illetracy and crime, he underlined.

The minister, while focussing upon the mental standard of the people in UP and Bihar said ''no one can do good to the states untill the people of the states bring change in their thinking pattern.'' He said ''mental revolution'' was the demand for development in UP and Bihar.

He said ''I asked for land in UP to establish industry, but the government is reluctant to do so.'' Launching scathing attack on UP CM Mayawati, Mr Paswan said ''Mayawati is playing caste politics, on the one hand she abuses Brahmins and on the other brings out ''social engineering'' formula of Brahmin-Dalit combination.'' Instead of indulging in development of her state, she was pamparing self by installing her statue, he satiricly said.

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