In a major blow to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the National Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha has refused to accept Amit Shah’s formula for the BJP’s twenty-twenty seats. RLSP is a part of NDA alliance in Bihar. BJP President Amit Shah had proposed Kushwaha to share the Lok Sabha seats.
According to BJP President Amit Shah’s 20-20 seat sharing formula, BJP alone will be contesting on 20 seats in Bihar. There are total 40 Lok Sabha seats in the Bihar assembly. The other 20 seats would be shared with other allies of NDA.
Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal-United had already got its 12 seats reserved earlier, Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party is given six seats. Now after all the calculations, only two seats are remaining that Upendra Kushwaha can get.
“I don’t play cricket, so I do not understand this 20-20 formula. Instead, I would like to play ‘Gilli Danda’,” said Upendra Kushwaha while speaking to the media in patna.
However, he denied from commenting on the question that if he was approached by the BJP over his objection on seat sharing unless the issue reaches to any concrete result.
Over the demand to explain what ‘Gilli Danda’ is, Kushwaha asked to wait a few days as everything will be cleared soon. Some RLSP leaders believe that JDU chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is creating confusion about seat sharing in the ruling coalition.
According to RCP Singh who is close to Nitish Kumar, the talks about seat sharing is almost complete and that the RLSP will be contesting on two seats in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Bihar.
“Since the time Nitish Kumar has aligned back with BJP, confusion has remained. His party has always been claiming to be a big brother in the coalition and the Chief Minister’s face In the Lok Sabha election, the face of the coalition is made,” said RLSP spokesman Madhav Anand.
RLSP has shown their dissent over the seat-sharing formula led by Bhartiya Janata Party. Kushwaha also blamed Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar for creating “confusion” over seat sharing within the National Democratic Alliance coalition.