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Earlier, ending days of intense speculation, the NDA on Tuesday announced its seat-sharing formula for Bihar assembly polls under which JD(U) will contest on 122 seats and BJP 121 out of a total of 243 seats. BJP backed to the hilt Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as its leader in the state and rebuffed a rebellious Chirag Paswan while acknowledging his LJP as an ally “at the Centre”.
At a press conference which was attended by top leaders of the JD(U) headed by Kumar and the BJP, it was made clear that “only those who accept the chief ministers’ leadership will be deemed to be a part of the NDA in Bihar”. The two parties have settled for a formula wherein each constituent gets almost an equal number of seats and misgivings about the BJP changing its mind post-polls in the event of a better strike rate than the JD(U) were summarily dispelled.
“We have agreed to a formula under which the JD(U) has got 122 seats and the remaining 121 have gone to the BJP. “The JD(U) will part with seven from its quota to accommodate HAM. The BJP will accommodate Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP), the new entrant in the NDA, Kumar said.
In the outgoing assembly, RJD was the largest party with 73 MLAs followed by JD(U) 69, BJP (54), Congress (23), CPI-ML (3), LJP (2), HAM and AIMIM of Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi one each and Independent (5).