A moral boost to Nitish, BJP concedes equal number of seats

After about a year of returning to NDA, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today registered a `moral gain’ against BJP with regard to sharing of seats for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls, in the state.

While the BJP has been trying to delay the process and indicating that it would contest majority of 40 seats in the states, as on its own it had won 22 seats in the last elections, Nitish has been pressurizing the BJP leadership to settle seats issue now itself, so that to focus on poll related activities.

Though earlier Amit Shah made it clear that presently he is busy with five-state assembly polls and he can discuss on number of seats only after those polls, after a day-long hectic consultations in Delhi, today, Nitish suceeded in making him to announce seat sharing formula.

Amit Shah announced this evening that his party and JD(U) will contest on an equal number of seats.  He also said that other allies will also get a respectable seat share and numbers will be announced in a few days.

However, Ram Vilas Paswan-led Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and Upendra Kushwaha’s Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (LSP) have been demanding more seats. In the earlier elections, while Paswan contested had won six seats, contesting seven and Kushwaha had won all three seats. But this time, BJP is said to be offering only five to Paswan and two for Kushwaha. Earlier, Nitish Kumar also met prime minister Narendra Modi.

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