Former Bihar Cong chief Mehboob Ali Kaiser could join LJP

Last Updated: Monday, March 10, 2014 - 20:18

New Delhi: Upset over not getting a Lok Sabha
ticket, former Bihar Congress chief Mehboob Ali Kaiser could join Lok Janshakti Party, led by Ram Vilas Paswan, in a couple of days.

Sources in both the parties said said Kaiser is in touch with the LJP leadership, which has yet not declared its candidate for Khagaria seat, one of the seven that Paswan`s party got under the seat-sharing agreement with BJP.

Congress, which has finalized alliance with Lalu Prasad`s RJD could not get Khagaria seat. Kaiser had contested from this seat in 2009 Lok Sabha polls getting more than 1.25 lakh votes and was pitching for it this time as well.
He was also said to be in touch with JD (U) but the talks have not fructified as it has someone else in mind for the seat.

The former Bihar PCC chief had recently communicated his unhappiness to party President Sonia Gandhi over the manner in which Congress-RJD alliance was finalized opining that most of the seats that Congress has got are not winnable and the party interests would suffer, the sources said.

Paswan and his son Chirag, who heads the LJP`s parliamentary Board, are in Jamui, not far away from Khagaria, today. Paswan, who had once rooted for a Muslim Chief Minister for Bihar, is learnt not to be averse to Kaiser joining his party.

At the AICC briefing, party spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed, however, downplayed the development saying he was not aware of any such move.

Ahmed also said that though every party has its demands, any alliance between two parties is done keeping in mind the strong and weak points of each other. Ahmed hailed the RJD-Congress alliance as a "very good" one.

Sources, however, say that Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader from Bihar Sadanand Singh is also unhappy over the alliance and he is learnt to have voiced his reservations over the seat sharing with RJD in the Central Election

Committee meeting of the party chaired by Sonia Gandhi a few days back.

Singh wanted to contest from Bhagalpur. However, the RJD did not agree to spare the seat to Congress. Singh is one among the four MLAs, who are supporting Chief Minister Nitish Kumar`s JD-U government in Bihar and there are speculations that the MLAs could switch over to that party any time now.


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First Published: Monday, March 10, 2014 - 20:18

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