Chirag Paswan Demands Quick Decision on Seat Sharing in Bihar

LJP leader Chirag Paswan holding a virtual meet with party workers.

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Patna: Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), notorious for switching political alliance right before any national or state election, on Tuesday threatened to walk out of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) over its disagreement on seat-sharing arrangement for the upcoming Bihar elections.

LJP, that is now being headed by Chirag Paswan, the son of founder Ram Vilas Paswan, in a statement to the press following his meeting with BJP national president J P Nadda in Delhi on Tuesday, said that his party could not wait any longer on the NDA’s seat-sharing decision with Bihar polls just around the corner.

“We hope a quick decision is taken on the issue of seat-sharing in Bihar so we all know where we stand. If not, we will field 143 candidates of our own in the state’s 243 seats,” the junior Paswan said.

Citing Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal – U president Nitish Kumar’s recent uttering that his party was an ally to the BJP and not to the LJP in spite of the fact that both JD-U and LJP are part of the grand alliance known as the NDA, Paswan said that this opens the door for the LJP to field its own candidates in Bihar.

“If needed, we will not hesitate in putting our own candidate going straight against Nitish Kumar,” he said.

Polls are going to be held in Bihar in three phases with the first phase opening on October 28, followed by November 3 and 7. Results will be announced on November 10.

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