Green signal on Ram Vilas Paswan-led LJP joining hands with NDA

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Paswan-led LJP to join hands with BJP
New Delhi, Feb 24: After a long phase of giving mixed signals, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) led by Ram Vilas Paswan finally waved the green flag on having a tie up with the NDA ahead of the 2014 general elections.

This will give the BJP a possible prominent Dalit leader as a poll ally ahead of the elections and hook them on votes from this section.

The LJP leaders also believe a tie up with BJP could reap richer electoral harvest. "We have decided to tie up with BJP. Every thing has been finalized," said LJP leader Surajbhan.

Meanwhile, Dalit leader and former IRS officer Udit Raj is all set to join the BJP in Uttar Pradesh on Monday. BJP thinks there is a scope of making inroads into Mayawati's vote-bank with a know n Dalit face, said a party leader, reported media.

The party's desire to join the NDA comes after his demand of 10 seats in Bihar's RJD-Congress-LJP alliance evoked a lukewarm response from RJD chief Lalu Prasad.

In the general elections of 2009, LJP had a share of 6.5 per cent of total votes. JD(U) was the highest with 24 per cent votes followed by RJD.

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