Debating India

Let President’s rule continue: Paswan

Sunday 17 April 2005, by DIKSHIT*Sandeep, PRASAD*K.V.

NEW DELHI: The Lok Jan Shakti Party chief and Union Minister, Ram Vilas Paswan, has put on hold moves to form a government in Bihar to allow "aspirations" of Chief Ministerial and Ministerial candidates to "cool down". "Let there be President’s Rule for a few months. This would allow all those who are hankering after posts to see reason," Mr. Paswan told The Hindu on Saturday. He becomes the second political leader after Nitish Kumar of Janata Dal (United) to have pulled out of all efforts at government formation. Mr. Paswan claimed that his proposal to install a Muslim as Chief Minister was increasingly finding favour among the people and dared the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president, Lalu Prasad, to project a Muslim instead of his wife Rabri Devi.

Similarly, he said, the JD(U) should follow suit. As of now, the LJP chief insisted that there was no change in his stand of keeping equi-distance from the RJD and the Bharatiya Janata Party and said he could not think of supporting the RJD even if its MLAs elected a leader other than Mr. Prasad and his wife.

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