Patna: The ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has sealed seats with its allies in Bihar for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
According to the agreement, out of the 40 Lok Sabha seats in the state, the Janata Dal-United and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will contest 17 seats each while the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) will contest from six seats.
Union minister Paswan will not contest the Lok Sabha polls, due in April-May, and will get a nomination in the Rajya Sabha at the earliest opportunity. “We will win more than the 31 seats that we clinched in the 2014 elections,” BJP president Amit Shah told a press conference attended by Kumar and Paswan in Delhi.
After an hour-long meeting with the allies, Shah said the three parties will soon identify the seats they will contest and make an announcement. The BJP contested 30 seats and won 22 in 2014, and the new deal meant that it will fight fewer seats than it bagged five years ago to make way for Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s JD(U). The LJP won six of the seven seats it contested.As the NDA put up a united front in Delhi, Bihar CM Kumar said, “We will jointly campaign and form the government at the Centre.”
He added that the decision to send Paswan, a nine-time Lok Sabha MP, to the Upper House was a recognition of his long service to the nation.In Patna, JD(U) spokesperson Rajiv Ranjan said Paswan’s continuation in the NDA will give the alliance a psychological edge.