The Lok Janshakti Party said that issues like Ram Mandir and triple talaq should not be on an agenda for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls and added that development, farmers and jobs should be given priority.
This statement was given by LJP parliamentary board chairman Chirag Paswan at a press conference in the Jamui. Paswan further added that these issues deviates us from the developmental goals and could harm the NDA.
Paswan, son of Union minister and the LJP’s founding president Ram Vilas Paswan, had expressed similar concerns last month after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lost power in three of its strongholds — Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, news agency PTI reported.
Paswan’s statement comes after Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) refused to back the bill and abstained from voting in the Rajya Sabha when the voting took place.
“Development should be the poll plank for the NDA, which, I am confident, will help the coalition win more than 35 of the 40 seats in Bihar. I am hopeful that the election will be fought on the issue of development and contentious issues like the Ram temple and triple talaq will be kept at bay. These may harm the coalition’s prospects,” PTI quoted Paswan.
Paswan on Saturday (Jan 5) said that the ruling alliance can win 35 out of 40 seats if issues like Ram Mandir and Triple Talaq kept off the agenda.
The Supreme Court’s verdict on the Ram temple matter should be accepted unconditionally, Paswan added. The court is yet to fix the dates for hearing the case.