Bihar polls: BJP to combat in 121 seats, JD-U 122 in virtually equal division

Tribune News Service
New Delhi, October 6

The Bharatiya Janata Party and the Janata Dal (United) have reached an agreement over seat sharing in Bihar’s assembly elections later this month.

The BJP announced on Tuesday that it would contest 121 seats as against Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s JD-U’s 122.  Their third alliance partner from Bihar the Lok Janshakti Party has already announced its intention of fighting the election independently.

The BJP also declined LJP’s offer of fighting the election without Nitish Kumar’s JD-U. The BJP said its alliance with the JD-U was “unbreakable”.

 The BJP’s rebuff came two days after the LJP under its president Chirag Paswan refused to play second fiddle to the JD-U, instead offering its own support to the BJP without Nitish Kumar’s party.   

The LJP has attributed its decision to ideological differences with the JD-U, but said it was keen to continue its alliance with the BJP at the Centre.

 Bihar will hold elections in three phases starting October 28. The third phase will end on November 7. Votes will be counted November 10. With agencies

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