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Paswan loses, but happy secular parties won

May 16, 2009 16:30 IST

Taking his defeat in polls in stride, Lok Janashakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan on Saturday said he is happy that secular parties have emerged victorious ending the prospects of communal forces to come into power.

"It is pleasant that secular parties under the banner of UPA have won all across the country and the prospects of NDA which has been trying to come into power have ended," Paswan told reporters in Hajipur.

Reacting to his defeat in Hajipur to JD(U)'s Ram Sunder Das, the Union minister said that winning and losing are parts of the game and he would continue to serve the people of Hajipur.

"As far as Bihar is concerned, you have your wins and misses. I have served people. Nobody can say that Paswan has not worked for Hajipur. I had done for the development of the constituency whatever I could have done. Despite all these works you lose, it is just the wish of the people. I will continue to serve them," he said.

Asked whether his parting ways from Congress led to his defeat, Paswan said, "In some places Congress has definitely did well but it was not as effective in Hajipur. Therefore, saying that I lost because of not having allied with the Congress is premature."

"But certainly if the strength of all these parties had been united it would have shown its impact," he added.

On a question if his joining hands with Lalu Prasad led to his rout, Paswan said he did not have any other option that time as he had already said he could not go with NDA.

"But, it is too early to say these things," he said.

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