BJP: Will contest Bihar election with JD(U), LJP

Tribune News Service
New Delhi, September 30

Amid pressure exerted by alliance partners ahead of the Bihar polls, the BJP today announced that it would go to the electoral battle in the state with its allies β€” the JD(U) and LJP.

The party deputed senior functionaries Bhupender Yadav and Devendra Fadnavis to work out the seat-sharing details with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who is also president of the JD(U).

The two leaders will report back to the BJP leadership on Thursday, party sources said. Yadav said the NDA would contest the elections under the leadership of Nitish Kumar.

It has been learnt that the JD(U) will contest more number of Assembly seats than the BJP so that the party can accommodate the outfit led by former state Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi.

It is also learnt that the BJP may get the LJP to settle with 27 seats.

β€œAt a meeting, which was attended by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP chief JP Nadda, organisational secretary BL Santosh and Bihar Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi, the leaders took stock of the Assembly constituencies divided into A, B, C, D and E categories on the basis of perceived strengths of the NDA constituents,” a source said.

Shah stressed on harmonious seat sharing among the alliance partners, the sources said.

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