Patna: Justifying the decision to join hands with BJP, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) President Ramvilas Paswan today said secularism and communalism were just “poll ploys”.
Claiming that a wave was blowing across the country in favour of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Paswan said, “Secularism aur communalism sirf chunavi hathkanda hain (secularism and communalism are poll ploys).”
“More than a decade has passed since the 2002 riots in Gujarat... It's development and not (the riot) which is a subject of debate in the country today,” he said.
Paswan senior, flanked by son and LJP parliamentary board chief Chirag and the party's state president and brother Pashupati Paras, was speaking after the induction of former Bihar Congress chief Chaudhary Mehboob Kaisar into his party.
Kaisar was nominated as the LJP candidate from Khagaria.