The Janata Dal (united), an NDA ally, today decided to contest four Lok Sabha seats from Jharkhand in the next general elections.
"The decision was taken by the party's state council meeting chaired by JD(U)'s Jharkhand unit president Jaleswar Mahto," party spokeman Pramod Mishra said in a press release.
He identified the seats as Khunti, Dhanbad, Chatra and Palamau.
The council meeting was held at Parasnath in Giridih, about 200 km from Ranchi.
Mishra said that a resolution to this effect was passed at the meeting which would be sent to the party's central leadership urging them to take up the matter with BJP to consider their demand in Jharkhand, which has a total of 14 Lok Sabha seats.
The JD(u) also decided to hold protest demonstrations at the block, district and state-level in June against "price rise, corruption, non-availability of drinking water and severe power cuts in the state", the release said.
It would culminate with a sit-in by the party activists near the residence of chief minister, Madhu Koda.