Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) on Tuesday said that his party will contest on 115 Assembly seats in the Bihar election.
Nitish Kumar, citing the seat-sharing formula with BJP, said that JD(U) has been given 122 seats in the Bihar election. Out of the 122 seats, JD(U) will give seven seats to Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha. The BJP has got 121 seats in the seat-sharing deal. The BJP will allocate some seats to ally Vikassheel Insaan Party from its own quota, Nitish Kumar said.
Nitish Kumar takes a dig at Congress-RJD
During the press conference, Nitish Kumar did not hesitate to take a dig at the Congress and RJD. He said during the RJD’s tenure, Bihar was riddles with riots and there was no development. He said the university professors back then were not even getting their salaries.
Nitish Kumar asserted that he is asking for votes from Bihar citizens based on the work that his government has done.
No confusion over seats in BJP-JD(U)
Nitish Kumar asserted that there was no confusion between the NDA partners JD(U) and the BJP over seat allocation. “A decision has been made over who will contest from where. No one in BJP or JD(U) has any confusion about anything,” Nitish Kumar said.
Bihar BJP president Sanjay Jaiswal backed Nitish Kumar’s claim for solidarity within the NDA, “We, JD(U)-BJP, are working together and will work together in future also. I once again reiterate that Nitish Kumar is the NDA leader in Bihar,” Sanjay Jaiswal said.
BJP criticises LJP
During the press conference, the BJP further attempted to distance itself from the Lok Janshakti Party, which has been making strong statements against Nitish Kumar and JD(U).
BJP leader and Bihar Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi claimed that the LJP, which continues to be an NDA partner at the Centre, has fallen out in Bihar as Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan is not well and is available to make key decisions.
Sushil Kumar Modi also raised objection to the LJP using Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s face in its Bihar poll campaign posters.
“If required, we will write to the Election Commission that only four parties associated with the NDA can use the Prime Minister’s picture, no one else will have the right to use the Prime Minister’s picture,” Sushil Kumar Modi said.
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