Ram Vilas Paswan’s party LJP will contest polls from six seats while the BJP and the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) will contest for 17 seats each in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in Bihar under a seat-
sharing formula, BJP President Amit Shah announced on Sunday.
BJP and Nitish Kumar’s JD-U party also agreed to give a Rajya Sabha seat to Ram Vilas Paswan.
“The BJP and the JD-U will contest 17 seats each, while the LJP will contest six seats in Bihar in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections,” Shah stated following the meeting which lasted about 60 minutes
with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Paswan.
Shah said they have agreed to contest under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, expressing confidence that the National Democratic Alliance would win more seats in Bihar in 2019 than
it did in 2014.
He said a joint election campaign would be organised and a final draft to would be prepared by the state leaders of the NDA.
On the occasion, Nitish Kumar said that the NDA would contest the elections strongly and would repeat the results of 2009 when the BJP and the JD-U contested together and won 32 out of 40 seats.
“We will jointly campaign and form the government at the Centre,” Kumar said.
Paswan thanked the BJP leadership for a respectful agreement on the seat sharing and vowed to form the government at the Centre again.
Union Minister Arun Jaitley held discussions with Ram Vilas Paswan and his son Chirag Paswan on Friday a day after LJP leaders met Shah and shared their concerns over the delay in holding talks
over the seat sharing issue.
Of the 40 Lok Sabha seats in the state, the BJP had won 22 out of 30 it contested while the LJP won six out of seven it contested in 2014.