The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) partners are finding it difficult to finalise their seat-sharing formula in Bihar. First, BJP has reportedly proposed 20:20 settlement formula, by which it would contest half of the 40 Lok Sabha seats in the state, while it would leave the rest for the three alliance partners.
This makes JDU to get 12 seats, while five and two each would be left for the Lok Janshakti Party of Ram Vilas Paswan and RashtriyaLok Samata Party (RLSP) of Upendra Kushwa, respectively. The remaining one seat may go to the rebel RLSP MP from Jehanabad, Arun Kumar.
The JDU leadership is upset with this formula and a senior leader said that his party would not accept anything less than 16 seats. It must be recalled that after the BJP national president Amit Shah met Nitish in Patna on July 12, JDU sources had claimed that the party would get 16 seats, while the BJP will contest on 15. The rest nine would be divided between LJP and RLSP––six and three respectively. However, no one confirmed of reaching to such an conclusion.
The problem turning complex, as JDU of Nitish Kumar had given one month’s time to the BJP to decide over the seats, and that deadline lapsed. Then the JDU extended it by 15 days, saying the seat-sharing formula must be fixed within 15 days. Even though the Assembly elections would be held in November 2020, Nitish Kumar wants the seats to be decided along with the Lok Sabha Elections.
The JDU also wants Upendra Kushwaha’s RLSP out of the NDA. There’s no love lost between Nitish and Kushwaha, as the latter had left the JDU twice after challenging the party chief. Not only this, Nitish claims to be the leader of Koeri and Kurmi voters, and believes the NDA doesn’t need Kushwaha for these votes.
On the other hand, Kushwaha is upbeat after winning all three Lok Sabha seats which he had got in the last elections. He wants to fight on more seats now, which won’t be possible as long as he is in the NDA, and is said to be in touch with Lalu Prasad.
Recently, a function was organised in honour of BP Mandal, who headed the Mandal Commission, and Kushwaha’s presence gave a clear signal of a possible alliance with the RJD.
Indicating for a possible tie-up between Yadavas (RJD) and Kushwahas (his party), he said many Yaduvanshis are present here and if their milk and the rice of Kushwaha is mixed, kheer could be prepared. So, the alliance scenario in Bihar might be rejigged before the Lok Sabha polls.