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Lalu brings Mulayam in to sink Paswan

Lalu brings Mulayam in to sink Paswan

Author: Akhilesh Suman
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: March 25, 2009
URL: http://www.dailypioneer.com/164967/Lalu-brings-Mulayam-in-to-sink-Paswan.html

The game is out. The Samajwadi Party is all set to jump into fray in Bihar as a "vote katva" party to sabotage the Lok Janshakti Party's prospects. In the backdrop of RJD chief Lalu Prasad's new-found friendship with his UP counterpart Mulayam Singh Yadav, the SP move is bound upset Paswan's calculations.

The SP will field five candidates for the Lok Sabha election in the State. Four of them would be pitted against Paswan's party and one against the RJD.

Sources in the SP told The Pioneer that the decision was taken after consultation with RJD chief Lalu Prasad, who had been arm-twisted by Paswan to leave 12 seats that could have been otherwise shared with the Congress to keep the UPA flock together in the JD(U)-ruled State.

The seats on which Mulayam has decided to field the candidates in Bihar are Arrah, Buxur, Araria, Begusarai and Purnea.

SP nominee Krishna Prasad, who comes from an extremely backward caste, will take on LJP's Rama Singh at Arrah. Rama Singh is seen as an "outsider".

From Araria, the SP has decided to field sitting MP Sukhdeo Paswan, who resigned from the BJP on Monday to join the SP. He will be pitted against LJP nominee Jakir Ahmed.

At Begusarai, the SP would nominate Ramjivan Yadav, who is the party's spokesperson in Bihar. He is likely to make LJP candidate Anil Chaudhary's life miserable.

From Purnea, SP's nominee Amaluddin Ansari would play spoiler to LJP candidate Shanker Jha.

From Buxur, the party has fielded Rajesh Roshan Yadav against RJD nominee Jagatanand Singh. Lalu reportedly did not want Jagtananad to leave Bihar because he is a senior party leader who lends a helping hand to Rabri Devi, the leader of Opposition in Bihar.

Sources said that the Bihar SP wanted to field 11 candidates, but the party's parliamentary board agreed on only five.

The SP is also upset with Paswan because he fielded VP Singh's son Ajeya Singh from Fatehpur against SP's Rakesh Sachan.

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