LJP's Fate Uncertain in NDA as Paswan Holds Meeting with Shah, Jaitley

LJP leaders Chirag and Ram Vilas Paswan with BJP president Amit Shah in Delhi on Thursday.

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Patna: A day after issuing an ultimatum to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on the issue of seat-sharing in Bihar, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan and his MP son Chirag Paswan met with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah in Delhi on Thursday to iron out any differences over the allocation of seats among the NDA constituents.

Reports coming from Delhi, however, said no decision was reached at the meeting as Shah told India's Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to look into the matter and do what was right for all parties involved.

Party sources said that after receiving the ultimatum from Chirag Paswan who had said his party needed a final answer on seat-sharing issue by December 31, BJP Bihar in-charge Bhupendra Yadav visited Paswan's home in Delhi to placate him on his concerns.

From there, the father-son duo, accompanied by Yadav, paid a visit to Amit Shah at his residence where the three held closed-door meetings for about an hour. Jaitley was also present at the meeting.

Following the meeting there was no announcement indicating no deal was reached between the BJP and the LJP.

As reported before, Paswan is staking claim on seven seats in Bihar, the same as last Lok Sabha elections, plus an additional seat for Rajya Sabha.

Now it remains to be seen whether Paswan's LJP will continue to be a part of the NDA or the party will pull a Kushwaha and join hands with Congress-led Grand Alliance in Bihar.

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