BJP concedes Paswan’s pressure, leaves 6 seats

After debacle in three crucial Hindi states, BJP seems to be worrying more in keeping its relations with allies. Sensing discontent among allies, BJP chief Amit Shah first focused on Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan, who was angry for offering only three seats in Bihar. After holding consultations with him, he conceded to his demand of providing six Lok Sabha seats in Bihar, the number of seats LJP had won in 2014 polls.

The final agreement over number of seats each NDA constituency to be contested in Bihar was announced today in New Delhi. As per this formula, both BJP and JD(U), led by Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar will contest 17 seats each. The remaining six seats will be contested by LJP.

This seat-sharing formula was announced by BJP chief Amit Shah in the presence of Nitish Kumar, Ram Vilas Paswan, his son and MP Chirag Paswan and BJP general secretary Bhupender Yadav, who is Bihar in charge.

Making the announcement, BJP chief Amit Shah also said that Ram Vilas Paswan will contest for a Rajya Sabha seat from the NDA in the next Rajya Sabha elections.  “The seat sharing deal has been reached after keeping in mind the ground realities, the political situation of each seat in the state and the NDA’s strength,” BJP chief Amit Shah said.

While announcing the seat share, the BJP chief also said that the alliance would sit and decide which seats would be contested by which party and the announcement will also be made soon.Earlier this week, Union Minister Arun Jaitley and BJP chief Shah held talks with LJP leadership to sort out the differences in Bihar NDA.

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