Patna, (Bihar Times): LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswanis likely to seek a nomination for Rajya Sabha from home state Bihar next year with the support of RJD and Congress.
Media reports suggest that the RJD leadership is interested in getting Paswan a nomination for the Upper House from its quota keeping in mind the long-term political equations.
Congress, which is trying to wean away Paswan from the RJD, may also support Paswan’s bid for Rajya Sabha. The Congress is badly in need of Dalit leader of north India to counter the influence of UP chief minister, Mayawati.
The RJD has 54 members while LJP and Congress have nine and eight MLAs in the 243-member Bihar assembly.
The CPI-ML has five and CPI three MLAs.The block has 80 MLAs, which can fetch two Rajya Sabha seats.
A number of seats will fall vacant in March 2010.
The LJP chief was offered the Firozabad seat in UP by Samajwadi Party. This seat fell vacant after the resignation of seats by Akhilesh Singh, son of Mulayam Singh, who won from two seats. There were also reports of Samajawadi Party willing to offer him a Rajya Sabha nomination from UP in near future. Mulayam too needs a Dalit face to counter Mayawati.
But Paswan has more than once indicated his preference for Bihar. Paswan has recently dismissed speculation about the possible merger of his party with Congress saying, “LJP will maintain its independent entity”.