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‘We are all clear,’ says RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav after grand alliance meet

Tejashwi Yadav had been trying to clinch a seat-sharing deal since the beginning of the year but it has remained elusive so far.

india Updated: Mar 13, 2019 21:37 IST
HT Correspondent
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RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav after Bihar Mahagathbandhan leaders’ meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday.(ANI)

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav after on Wednesday claimed that alliance leaders discussed sharing in talks on New Delhi and said that there was no confusion among alliance partners.

“All the leaders of the ‘mahagathbandhan’ today came here for a meeting, we discussed seat sharing. There isn’t any confusion between us, we are all clear,” ANI quoted Yadav as saying.

Top leaders of the ‘mahagathbandhan’ met in the national capital to thrash out the contentious issue of seat-sharing for 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar. The general election is scheduled to begin on April 11 and will continue till May 19.

Tejashwi Yadav had been trying to clinch a seat-sharing deal since the beginning of the year but it has remained elusive so far. The RJD had fought on 27 seats in the 2014 general elections, though it managed to win only four.

Earlier Wednesday, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said in Chennai that his party was firming up alliances with different parties in various states to “defeat” Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP in the Lok Sabha election. Gandhi asserted that the opposition is “united” against the Narendra Modi government.

Also read: Lok Sabha Election 2019: All you need to know about Bihar

Polling in Bihar will be held in seven phases. The ‘mahagathbandhan’ comprises old allies like the Congress and the RJD, besides new entrants such as Upendra Kushwaha’s RLSP, Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM), Sharad Yadav’s Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) and the Vikashsheel Insaan Party (VIP), a fledgling outfit floated by former Bollywood set designer Mukesh Sahni.

The grand alliance also seeks to have an electoral understanding with the Left Front, which has three constituents in Bihar the CPI, the CPI(ML) and the CPI(M), and the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party (SP) and Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).

According to a tentative formula, the RJD is seeking 17 seats of the 40 seats, followed by 11 seats for the Congress and four for the RLSP. The HAM, LJD and VIP would get one seat each, according to sources in grand alliance. Five seats are proposed for the Left parties, the SP and the BSP.

The NDA in Bihar is already ahead with its seat-sharing plans. The BJP and the JD(U) will fight 17 seats each leaving the remaining six for the Ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP.

First Published: Mar 13, 2019 21:07 IST