Nalanda, Mar 27 (ANI): Ahead of the general elections, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and Lok Janashakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan commenced their campaign jointly here on Thursday.
Although both these parties are a part of the UPA, they contended that with the help of Samajwadi Party (SP), the Congress party would not have any scope to form the government again.
Earlier, both the parties had downplayed the claims of the leader of the UPA, the Congress party for seats in Bihar.
Consequent to the sidelining of the Congress party, RJD and LJP had declared that they would form an understanding between themselves and enter the poll fray.
Thus both the parties, RJD and LJP, are contesting in all the 40 seats in Bihar with the hopes of outwitting Congress party and also the NDA-led by the BJP.
Also Lalu and Paswan are projecting a possible new tie-up with Mulayam Singh-led SP, presently associated with the Congress party.
These three parties by themselves claim to have a firm base in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
As Ram Vilas Paswan put it, the coming together of these three parties may exert more pressure on the Congress party.
"If you combine the three parties, we would have 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, 40 seats in Bihar and our alliance have also taken place in Jharkhand. When we comprise the three, then we would have 134 seats out of total 543 Lok Sabha seats in these three states itself. We have strengthened our vision to bowl out the NDA for a duck," said Paswan.Meanwhile, campaigning in Nalanda, Lalu lashed out at the Bihar Janata Dal (United)-State Government.
He accused state Chief Minsiter Nitish Kumar of not letting party leaders and workers of RJD and LJP to campaign in the area and is creating bottle necks.
"We are not being allowed to raise our flags. We are not entitled to carry out our road shows," said Lalu. (ANI)