NEW DELHI: After a long huddle at BJP President JP Nadda's residence, BJP's Bihar prabhari BhupendraYadav said that the BharatiyaJanata Party, Janata Dal (United) and LokJanshakti Party (LJP) will fight the Bihar assembly polls together next month. However, it is learnt that while the BJP and JDU have reached a consensus, the LJP is still not on board.
"Look, we don't have any problems with the BJP. We have fought under the leadership of NarendraModi. But as far as the seat-sharing agreement is concerned, it hasn't moved ahead. The final call will be taken by ChiragPaswan," LJP's National Spokesperson Sanjay Saraf told IANS.
Asked about their precise demands, Saraf told IANS that the LJP wants 42 seats. Saraf warned, "If our demands are not met, we are even ready to fight on 143 seats on our own in Bihar."
Bihar has 243 seats. Sources say, the Bihar Unit has pressed the BJP to propose that the JDU and the BJP fight on an equal number of seats, between 105 to 110 each. The JDU is believed to have agreed to the idea with a request for at least an additional extra seat for symbolic purposes.
However, the BJP seems to have emphasised upon fighting on equal numbers of seats citing recent opinion polls suggesting anti-Nitish, pro-Modi emotions.
While the JDU and the BJP seems to have more or less sorted their seat-sharing agreement, if they stick to these numbers, as sources indicate, it leaves barely 23-33 seats that can be distributed between the LJP and the Hindustani AwamMorcha(Secular). (IANS)