The NDA, which faces a challenge from a so-called grand alliance of the Janata Dal (United), Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress in Bihar, has already had its share of trouble in keeping its flock together in the politically crucial state.
First, HAM leader Jitan Ram Manjhi raised objections over seat-sharing. Later, it was decided the BJP will contest 160 of the 243 assembly seats and Manjhi’s share was increased after his hard-nosed bargaining frustrated negotiators. Under the new agreement, Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) will contest 40 seats, RLSP 23 and Manjhi's Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) will fight 20 seats. A few other HAM members may contest on the saffron party’s symbol.
Then Union minister Upendra Kushwaha-led Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) expressed displeasure over the BJP's 'unilateral' move to release a list of 43 candidates for the upcoming Bihar elections late on Tuesday night, triggering fresh concerns in the alliance after the LJP said the saffron party did not stick to an agreed seat-sharing formula.