JDU-BJP says that the Bihar seat-sharing is sealed, however, LJP and RLSP are reciting a different story. Earlier on Monday, there were reports that JDU president Nitish Kumar and BJP president Amit Shah have finally come to a middle path in connection with the seat-sharing formula for 2019 Lok Sabha elections for the state of Bihar.
The sources within the NDA camp said that:
“It would be 17 for BJP, 16 for JDU, 5 for LJP and two seats for RLSP. Initially, the JDU was demanding to contest equal no. of seats, however, in this scenario, the BJP is conceding 5 seats that it won in 2014 elections".
However, the LJP-RLSP duo says that JDU is not willing to contest a single seat less than BJP and has decided to play the big brother role in Bihar.
The top source in the JDU claimed that:
"JDU will not contest even a single seat less than the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections".
This comes after sources claimed that JDU has discussed the seat-sharing formula for 2020 Vidhan Sabha under the leadership of Nitish Kumar in which the JDU has planned to contest 20 more seats than the BJP out of 243 assembly constituency.
BJP National General Secretary in-charge of Bihar Bhupendra Yadav, who is a close confidante of Amit Shah, spoke to Republic and confirmed:
"Seat-sharing formula has been discussed between JDU president Nitish Kumar and BJP president Amit Shah and the official announcement would be made at an appropriate time."
Earlier in September, Nitish Kumar in the JDU executive meeting had said that an honourable agreement has been made which will be announced officially. Whereas the LJP and RLSP are now demanding that the seat-sharing be announced at the earliest.
While speaking to Republic TV, LJP parliamentary board chairman Chirag Paswan said:
"There has been no formal discussion on seat sharing yet. I had met BJP leader Bhupendra Yadav Ji informally a month back and I keep in touch with him. I really don't understand how come the seat sharing has been finalised. BJP has not yet come to me with a formula. There is no denying the fact that JDU has joined the NDA and we want to know the number of seats BJP is sacrificing for JDU then we can also think of making a sacrifice. We are yet to hear the formula from BJP for 2019 elections. We had contested 7 seats in Bihar and certainly, we would like to contest outside Bihar as well ..especially Jharkhand. The seat sharing should be declared immediately to avoid any kind of confusion".
RLSP leader and minister of state for education, Upendra Kushwaha told Republic TV:
"Seat sharing should be declared immediately and last time my party had contested 3 seats. We would like to contest more seats this time and there has been no official communication with my party. As of now, I had met BJP bihar in-charge Bhupendra Yadav and expressed my concerns".
Upendra Kushwaha and Nitish Kumar do not see eye to eye ever since Kushwaha left JDU in 2012. In the 2015 vidhan sabha election, Kushwaha failed to the votes. Keeping this in mind, sources say that the BJP leadership has decided to offer only 2 seats to Kushwaha whereas Kushwaha is demanding more.
Upendra kushwaha has been getting overtures from RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav to join UPA but Kushwaha says that he wants to see narendra modi the prime minister of the country again and he is non-committal about joining UPA.
Official announcement regarding seat sharing is expected before diwali.