Paswan mocks at BJP as 'headless' party



Patna: LJP President Ram Vilas Paswan on Friday described the BJP as a "headless" party after its state unit chief's resigned from the post apparently peeved at the party leadership for allotting the Digha seat to ally JD(U).

"Now mukhias (heads) have started leaving the party (BJP) to mark the beginning of stampede in the rival camp," he told reporters here.

The ruling coalition was making fun of our parties (RJD-LJP combine) after some smaller leaders deserted us to join them (NDA)... Now our rivals have themselves been left high and dry following C P Thakur's resignation as the state unit BJP chief," Paswan said.

"What is the future of that party (BJP) when its big fish (Thakur) has called it quits?" the LJP leader said.

Describing Thakur as a 'sharif aadmi' (gentleman), Paswan said the BJP and JD(U) were no more a place for the gentlemen.

Paswan also slammed the NDA for its alleged "double standards on family-driven politics" and said that the state BJP chief's resignation was a reaction against denial of an assembly ticket to his son.

"We were accused of promoting our family members in distribution of tickets in the Assembly polls... what is happening in the NDA camp as they have fielded the kin of their MPs and senior leaders from various constituencies?

"It is the BJP and JD(U) which are promoting kin of senior leaders," he claimed.

Referring to the campaign strategy of the LJP-RJD, Paswan said that the two parties will undertake campaigning on individual basis even as he and the RJD supremo Lalu Prasad will undertake joint campaigning at some point during the six-phase polls.

On the contents of their joint manifesto, the LJP President said that it will be released soon.

PTI