LJP on the Verge of Walking Out of NDA in Bihar

LJP president Chirag Paswan (file photo).

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Patna: Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) is poised to break its ties with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led NDA in Bihar after talks over seat-sharing broke down between the two parties despite several meetings with the BJP top leaders in Delhi.

As reported, LJP chief and son of Paswan, Chirag Paswan met with BJP national president J P Nadda five times in the past month only to be snubbed by the saffron party on his demand for more seats in the upcoming Bihar Assembly polls.

According to a senior LJP leader, the BJP is not willing to give more than 15 seats to Paswan who is threatening to leave the coalition if his party did not meet his demand for 42 seats.

A decision whether to remain in the NDA or leave could come as early as this evening when the LJP convenes its meeting of the Parliamentary Board today. It has already threatened to field its own candidates on 143 seats including one going directly against Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who is once again likely to contest from his old seat of Nalanda.

“We may release the first list of 56 candidates if we decided to go on our own in Bihar,” said a party spokesperson.

As reported in the past, Nitish Kumar has already expressed that he has no desire to make a deal with the LJP since he is an ally of the BJP and not the party of Paswan.

Voters in Bihar will go to polls at 243 seats in three phases starting on October 28 followed by November 3 and 7. Results will be announced on November 10.

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