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BJP, JD-U decide to contest equal number of LS seats, so is it curt message for Paswan, Kushwaha?

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PATNA: Ending months of speculations and suspense, BJP chief Amit Shah today said both his party and the JD-U of chief minister Nitish Kumar would contest on equal number of seats in Bihar in upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

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He though didn’t reveal however seats both the NDA allies would contest.

“It has been decided that BJP and JD-U will fight on equal number of seats for Lok Sabha elections 2019 in Bihar. Other allies will also get a respectable seat share,” Shah was quoted as saying by The Times Of India today.

Although Shah didn’t reveal how many seats would come to their share, sources said both the NDA allies would be contesting on 17 seats each out of Bihar’s total 40 LS seats, leaving the remaining six for the rest two allies.

If that happened, the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) of Ram Vilas Paswan and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) of Upendra Kushwaha would have no choice but to accept this offer.

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Only two days back, the LJP had announced not to contest less than seven seats in the next polls. The LJP had won six out of the seven seats it contested in the last LS polls.

“We had contested on seven seats in the last LS polls. So, there is no question of accepting less number of seats this time,” state LJP president Pashupati Kumar Paras told the local media on Tuesday.

Similarly, Kushwaha too has been demanding more seats for his party this time. The RLSP had emerged victorious from all three seats given under the seat-sharing deal last time.

Kushwaha too is said to be unhappy at being sidelined by the BJP leadership and is reported to be in touch with the RJD.

What was surprising, no leaders from the LJP or the RLSP were present when Shah and Kumar briefed the media about the NDA seat-sharing in New Delhi today.

It will be interesting to see if LJP and RLSP stay with the NDA or revolt over meager seat offer.

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