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J-K polls: Lok Janshakti Party may contest assembly polls independently

PTI 03 Nov 2014, 16:10:44 PM IST

Srinagar: The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) is part of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre but it may contest the upcoming Jammu and Kashmir Assembly polls and compete against on the saffron party. 

LJP President and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, who is here, said the party's parliamentary board would hold deliberations today to take a final decision on the matter. 

“I came here for assessment as Assembly polls are going to be held. I held talks with my party cadre. Most party leaders in Jammu and Kashmir want us to fight the Assembly polls,” Paswan said.

He also said party's alliance with BJP was at the Centre and not at the state-level.

“Even when we were with Congress (as part of the UPA), LJP had fought state elections on its own. Wherever possible, we fight together. We are fighting together in Jharkhand, but as far as Jammu and Kashmir is concerned,

our party had talks with BJP president Amit Shah over Habbakadal,” he said.  “BJP might have taken the decision for its own interest.  But ours is a separate party and we have to keep our interest in mind,” he said.