Patna: LJP supremo Ramvilas Paswan on Saturday
said he was not in the race for a berth in the Manmohan
Singh cabinet whenever the reshuffle takes place.
"I am not not going to be a minister," Paswan told
reporters when approached for his comment on his party getting
close to the Congress after its decision to support Congress
nominee Ramcharitra Yadav in the Purnia assembly bypoll.
"I also fail to comprehend the notion that there has
been any distance between the LJP and the Congress," he said.
"We decided to support the Congress nominee in Purnia
to defeat the communal forces represented by the BJP," he said
and ruled out a rift in the old ties between the LJP and RJD.
Paswan, the lone MP of his party, said he would raise
the issue of Forbesganj firing during the forthcoming monsoon
session of Parliament.
He said an LJP delegation would also call on President
Pratibha Patil on July 7 to submit a memorandum against the
"unprovoked and unwarranted" firing by men in uniform.
Paswan said he had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,
National Human Rights Commission chairman K G Balakrishnan and
National Minorities Commission chairman Wazahat Habibullah to
inform them about the firing.
Stating that the Forbesganj incident involving death
of four Muslims turned an international issue, he reiterated
his party`s demand for a CBI probe into the firing.
Paswan opposed the fuel price hike by the Centre and
said he would express his views on the subject tomorrow.