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RJD, LJP kept out of UPA's first post-poll meeting

Last updated on: May 20, 2009 15:45 IST
The Rashtriya Janata Dal and Lok Janshakti Party, which fought elections against the Congress, were on Wednesday kept out of the first meeting of the United Progressive Alliance after the polls, perhaps an indication that they may not find a place in the government.

"The issue of the RJD and LJP did not come up at the UPA meeting," All India Congress Committee General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi told reporters to a volley of questions on the issue.

Dwivedi asserted that the first meeting of the UPA was only of the pre-poll alliance partners.

While the LJP led by Ram Vilas Paswan failed to open its account in the Lok Sabha polls, Lalu Prasad's RJD managed to win only four of the 40 seats in its stronghold of Bihar.

The RJD and LJP had entered into an alliance in Bihar and had contested the elections against the Congress.

The RJD was the single largest party after the Congress in the last government with 27 MPs while the LJP had four members in the 14th Lok Sabha.

Both the parties had consistently maintained during the campaign that even though they were fighting the elections separately, they will support the UPA.

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