Bihar polls: BJP anticipated to announce candidates over the weekend

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 1

LJP president Chirag Paswan on Thursday flagged issues with JD-U supremo and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at a meeting with top BJP leaders, including Home Minister Amit Shah and party president J P Nadda.

The meeting aimed to resolve the seat-sharing arrangement among NDA allies for the upcoming Bihar assembly polls, sources said. Chirag Paswan, they added, listed his issues with Nitish Kumar and also spoke of pressure from within his party to contest at least 143 seats in the polls to the 243-member Bihar Assembly.

While no seat-sharing deal has been finalised so far, Shah is believed to have told Chirag Paswan that his has no issues with the LJP. Shah’s presence at a meeting of BJP leaders regarding Bihar polls yesterday and today with Chirag Paswan highlights effort by top leadership to “amicably differences within the ruling National Democratic Alliance” in Bihar, say the sources.

Meanwhile, the BJP’s Central Election Committee is expected to meet over the weekend to finalise candidates for the elections. It is also expected that NDA partners may announce the seat-sharing arrangement in a day or two.

The Chirag Paswan-headed LJP has indicated it will fight on 143 seats if it does not get a “honourable” deal within the NDA. At the same time he has also assured he will not contest on seats where the BJP will fight. 

In 2015, LJP contested 42 seats and won two. The JD(U) was then with the opposition alliance.

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