The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance is likely to announce the seat sharing agreement with its partners for Bihar election early next month. Last week, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar had stolen a march over the NDA by announcing a seat sharing formula, which made BJP allies in Bihar a bit restless about the delay on their part.
“Ongoing Parivartan Yatra is keeping state leaders busy. We hope to make the announcement after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Bhagalpur on September 1,” a BJP leader in Delhi told HT. Sources privy to the discussion between alliance partners told HT that the BJP may get 150-plus seats while the Lok Janshakti Party would continue to be the second largest constituent with around 40-45 seats.
The Rashtriya Lok Samata Party of union minister Upendra Kushwaha could get anything between 30 and 35 seats while the Hindustani Awami Morcha of former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi would be smallest constituent with a share of 15-20 seats.
These figures are contrary to the ambitious demands made by allies – the RLSP and HAM in particular. While the HAM is learnt to have submitted to the BJP a list of 75 assembly seats with strong mahadalit population, the RLSP is demanding 60 plus seats for its candidates.
“Every party starts from a very ambitious position and climbs down to a pragmatic level. We expect that reaching a seat sharing agreement with alliance partners would not be a big problem,” a BJP source said.