RJD, LJP to remain with UPA : Paswan

The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) was with the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and would remain with it, union minister Ram Vilas Paswan said Friday while clarifying that he was staying away from the cabinet meeting in New Delhi because of a previous commitment here.

Also clarifying the reason for his and RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s absence from the Cabinet meet, he said, “We had already informed earlier that we will not be able to attend the meeting because of a programme we had fixed earlier in North Kolkata. There was no agenda from our ministries.”

There are elections in Kolkata and Himachal Pradesh, the steel minister said.

“Morever, there was no agenda of my ministry (in the cabinet meeting),” he added.

“The Congress has already clarified what Rahulji wants to say. I am with the UPA. LJP, RJD (Rashtriya Janata Dal of Lalu Prasad) is with the UPA. And we will remain with UPA,” Paswan asserted.

Relations between the Congress and the RJD as well as the LJP have been strained to breaking point over seat sharing in Bihar.

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