Patna: In the upcoming Bihar election, Nitish Kumar-led party Janata Dal (United) is looking to contest in 115 seats from 243 seats in the Bihar Legislative Assembly, leaving 128 seats for the BJP, which should accommodate the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) from its share.
JDU source told The Indian Express that the party is pressing for 115 seats. Let the BJP accommodate LJP and we will take care of Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) from our share.
Last week, BJP president JP Nadda was on a 2-day visit to Patna. Nadda and BJP national general secretary Bhupendra Yadav met Nitish Kumar last Saturday. LJP sources said, “Chirag Paswan, the LJP chief, met Nadda on Tuesday and suggested the BJP should be fighting on more seats than the JD(U).” Amid aggressive posturing by the LJP, the JD(U) and BJP have been treading cautiously on seat-sharing.
At present, JD(U) has 71 MLAs and BJP has 53 legislators. In the 2010 Assembly elections, the JD(U) and BJP had contested on 141 and 102 seats, respectively.