Tribune News Service
New Delhi, October 6
After days of suspense, the NDA today declared its seat-sharing formula for the upcoming Bihar elections.
Making the announcement in Patna, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said of 243 Assembly constituencies, the JD-U would contest 122 and the BJP 121.
While the JD-U would give seven seats from its quota to Jitan Ram Manjhi-led HAM(S), the BJP would allot some (expectedly nine) to Mukesh Sahani-led Vikassheel Insaan Party, which had walked out of the RJD-led “Mahagathbandhan” a couple of days back.
Nitish said there was no confusion among NDA partners over seat allocation. On Chirag Paswan led-Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), which parted ways with the NDA in Bihar, Nitish said: “Ram Vilas Paswan is unwell. We want him to recover. But could he have gone to the Rajya Sabha without JD-U support,” he questioned.
On LJP using Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pictures on its election posters, BJP leaders said if need be they would write to the Election Commission against the move.
The BJP said its alliance with the JD-U is “unbreakable”. Deputy CM Sushil Modi said state BJP chief Sanjay Jaiswal has made it clear that those who don’t accept Nitish’s leadership will not be a part of the NDA in Bihar.
7 for Manjhi’s HAM(S)
- The JD-U will give seven seats from its quota to Jitan Ram Manjhi-led HAM(S)
- The BJP will allot some (expectedly nine) to Mukesh Sahani-led Vikassheel Insaan Party