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BIHAR DISSOLUTION

Paswan expels rebel MLAs

Monday 23 May 2005

NEW DELHI: Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) President Ram Vilas Paswan said on Monday all rebel MLAs of his party would be expelled.

"All rebel MLAs (who favoured an NDA Government led by Nitish Kumar) will be expelled from the party," Paswan told reporters.

Paswan said the Disciplinary Action Committee of LJP headed by S N Singh would go into the anti-party activities of the rebels and expel them from the party.

He, however, declined to divulge the number of the rebels.

To a question, he said the President of the dissolved Bihar unit of LJP Narendra Singh would also face the axe.

"In short, all those who betrayed the party, will be expelled," he said adding their names will be out in a day or two.

Paswan’s views on the party rebels come in the backdrop of Narendra Singh’s statement that dissident MLAs in the dissolved House would break away from the LJP and merge with a "suitable party".

Criticising the Centre for "dissolving the State Assembly under pressure from Paswan, RJD leader Lalu Prasad and the Congress", Singh has said that the dissolution of the House was a "murder of democracy".

"The Constitution doesn’t prevent any party or MLAs from cobbling together a majority to install a popular government," he said at Patna, accusing Paswan of "showing disrespect to the people’s verdict which was in favour of anti-RJD forces".

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