LJP will contest Gujarat election, preparing for LS polls : Paswan

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Srinagar, Oct 1 (UNI) Announcing to contest the Gujarat Assembly elections, the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president and Union Minister for Fertilizers, Steel and Chemicals Ramvilas Paswan said his party was also preparing for Lok Sabha polls.

The LJP has decided to contest all Gujarat Assembly and Parliamentary elections in future, Mr Paswan told a news conference here.

He said a meeting of National state leaders of the LJP was being held shortly to decide the strategy on Gujarat elections.

Mr Paswan said immediately after the Gujarat riots, he visited the state along with other leaders.

''We decided against contesting Gujarat assembly elections at that time because we did not want that anybody should say we were seeking votes on communal grounds, he said.

Expressing concern over the frequent Assembly and Parliament elections in the country,'' he said all the assemblies and Lok Sabha should be allowed to complete their full term.

The Minister said, ''Nobody knows what will happen to coalition UPA government at the Centre. There could be early polls at the Centre,'' he said, adding, ''we have already started preparations for polls.'' He said gone were the days when a single party ruled the country.

It was a time of coalitions and every political party should accept this fact, he said adding no one would get absolute majority now.

If any party or parties move a ''no-confidence'' motion against a government, they should also move another ''confidence'' motion to elect alternative government on the floor of the house on the same day to avoid horse trading later. This would also help to avoid early elections, he added.


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