BJP not to project chief ministerial candidate for Bihar

NEW DELHI, NOV. 29. There was no question of projecting a chief ministerial candidate in the Bihar Assembly elections due in three months as the BJP intended to contest in alliance with other parties, the party spokesperson, Yashwant Sinha, said today. "If a candidate is projected it will be done only in consultation with the partners."

Mr. Sinha said the BJP leader and former film star, Shatrughan Sinha, would lead "one of several" political "yatras" in the State. There was no decision to project him as a chief ministerial candidate.

Lalu, Paswan tussle

On the tussle between two leaders of the United Progressive Alliance partners in Bihar — Lalu Prasad of the Rashtriya Janata Dal and Ram Vilas Paswan of the Lok Janshakti Party — Mr. Sinha said that it was unseemly that two Ministers were openly quarrelling and yet the Prime Minister was not stopping this.

Mr. Sinha would not comment on whether Mr. Paswan would eventually go with the Janata Dal (United) and the BJP, go it alone or remain with the UPA.

On the re-entry of Shibu Soren into the Union Cabinet, Mr. Sinha said this would certainly be an issue in the polls in Jharkhand, along with "other issues related to Mr. Soren."

But he preferred not to comment on whether the earlier protest against "tainted" Soren would continue in Parliament. It was for the parliamentary party to take a decision.

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