Seat-sharing with BJP will be done soon, says Nitish Kumar

Party insiders told The Hindu that JD(U) would get at least 12 out of total 40 Parliamentary seats in Bihar in the seat sharing formulae with the BJP.

Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal (United) president Nitish Kumar on Monday said his party’s seat-sharing with the BJP would be done after a proposal on this came from that party in three-four weeks.

“But, nothing has been done on it now…there will be one-to-one talk with the BJP on this issue”, he told journalists on the sidelines of his weekly Lok Samvad (people’s interaction) programme in Patna.

Party insiders told The Hindu  that the JD(U) would get at least 12 out of the total 40 parliamentary seats in the State in the seat-sharing formulae with the BJP.

On Sunday, Upendra Kushwaha, chief of another alliance partner of the BJP, the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party, said that “unless all alliance party leaders sit together, seat-sharing among the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) constituents will not be done”.

RLSP, said NDA insiders, is likely to get two seats in the seat sharing formula. In the 2014 LS Polls, the party had got three seats and won all three. However one of its party MPs from Jehanabad, Arun Kumar, had later rebelled against Mr. Kushwaha and is likely to be accommodated in the BJP quota of seats this time.

Mr. Kumar also said that special status grant to Bihar has been an old demand and “Bihar must be accorded special status as it is a land-locked state”.

“We will raise this demand again at (sic) all-party meeting”, he said. “Earlier too we had sought time from former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for this but he had not given us time”, he said.

“We’ve come to know that all parties of Bihar have given their consent for the demand of special stats grant to Bihar”, added Mr. Kumar.

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