High expectation to cause Nitish`s downfall: Paswan

The NDA government headed by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar would soon fall from its present peak due to the mountain of expectation from people, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president Ram Vilas Paswan Tuesday claimed.

Updated: Jan 18, 2011, 15:46 PM IST

Patna: The NDA government headed by Chief
Minister Nitish Kumar would soon fall from its present peak
due to the mountain of expectation from people, Lok Janshakti
Party (LJP) president Ram Vilas Paswan Tuesday claimed.

"The slide of the Nitish Kumar government is only a
matter of time," Paswan told reporters.

"It is a Nitish vs Nitish situation in Bihar today.
The Chief Minister making a slew of promises would be weighed
down by the other CM who is the deliverer of those promises,"
the former Union minister said.

The LJP chief sought to draw a corollary between the
massive win of the NDA in Bihar Assembly polls and that of
Congress in 1984 Lok Sabha polls.

The charisma of the then prime minister late Rajiv
Gandhi had faded in later years of his tenure, the NDA too
would soon start feeling the heat of people`s expectation to
deliver the goods that it had promised in elections for a
second term, Paswan said.

"We will be happy if the state government delivers,
but if it failed to do so, the same electorate will start
looking for alternative," Paswan said, adding that the RJD-LJP
combine will be there to seize the opportunity for a comeback.

He warned the ruling coalition against undermining the
opposition saying RJD-LJP combine and the Congress polled 36
per cent votes as against the NDA`s 39 per cent, though the
vote percentage did not reflect in the number of seats won by
these parties (29) and the NDA (214).

On the speculation that the LJP was tilting towards
the Congress in view of electoral setback in Bihar, he said he
had told Congress leaders that he would ideally like the
Congress and the RJD-LJP combine to work together.

However, that was difficult to happen till Congress
stuck to its position of keeping the RJD at bay, he said.

Paswan, who held a meeting of its 75 candidates
yesterday to review his party`s electoral performance,
demanded scrapping of polling by the EVMs.

Meanwhile, the LJP president reconstituted various
office bearers` panel of his party and said a 15-member core
committee will be set up soon to take decision on major
political issues.

PTI