The Kiribi cabinet minister of Nitish Kumar told NBT that seat sharing in Bihar NDA would be between only two parties JDU and BJP. By mutual agreement, it has been decided that more than half the seats will come in JDU’s account. That means more than 121 seats in the 243 seats of the assembly will go to the account of Nitish Kumar’s party. Sources said the number could be between 121 and 125.
The cabinet minister said, “There was a lot of talk on seat sharing even before the Lok Sabha elections last year. Some people were giving 8 seats to JDU. In the end, 50-50 formula was made. It is different. PM Modi himself has spoken of contesting elections on Nitish’s face. When Nitish-led NDA contests the elections, his shadow will be seen in the seat sharing also. So it does not pull the principle agreement on seat sharing but on mutual respect Has happened.”
JDU will give seats from its account to Jitan Ram Manjhi’s party. Similarly, BJP will be allocated seats to Ram Vilas Paswan’s party LJP with its account. It is believed that 5 to 7 assembly seats will be offered to Jitan Ram Manjhi. The real battle will be between BJP and LJP. Chirag Paswan is continuously opening his front against Nitish Kumar.
In Patna, Chirag’s attitude got cold when JP Nadda said that LJP is fully with NDA. However, at the party meeting on Wednesday, once again the proposal to contest 143 seats was passed. In such a situation, seat sharing with BJP can be difficult. A BJP state spokesperson told NBT that according to the current formula, the LJP could get a maximum of 25 seats.
In the last Bihar assembly election, when Nitish took the hand of Lalu Prasad Yadav against Narendra Modi, BJP gave LJP 40 seats but the party could win only one seat. Except from 2015 to 2017, JDU and BJP have been running since 1996. In this context, the mathematics of 2020 seems to be fixed on the basis of the 2010 assembly elections. Then BJP contested 102 seats and won 91 seats. Similarly, JDU contested 141 seats and won 115 seats.
In this sense also, if the BJP gets 115 to 120 seats in the 2020 Assembly elections (Bihar Assembly Election 2020), then no partner can leave more seats for the party.