BJP, LJP strike seat sharing deal for Lok Sabha elections in Bihar
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) have sealed a seat sharing pact for the coming Lok Sabha elections in Bihar.
The LJP will fight seven out of the 40 Lok Sabha seats in the state under the deal.
The pre-poll alliance of the Ram Vilas Paswan-led party with the BJP led National Democratic Alliance comes 12 years after it quit the alliance over Gujarat riots issue.
BJP President Rajnath Singh made this announcement at a news conference after Central Committee meeting of the BJP here yesterday. He said the BJP will contest the remaining 33 seats in Bihar.
Paswan exuded confidence that the next government will be formed by the NDA.
Paswan said his party will support BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for country's top position.
"The next government at the centre will definitely be that of the National Democratic Alliance. Before you ask me about Modi, I will inform you that the BJP has already decided on Modi as its prime ministerial candidate and we will go with that," he said.
Paswan on Wednesday said that the option of going in for an alliance with the BJP ahead of the Lok Sabha polls was open, as the Congress appeared to be non-serious on alliance talks.
He further said: "There is less seriousness in Congress regarding alliance with the LJP. For six months we have been kept waiting but no final decision has been taken on seat-sharing."
"I had met both Sonia ji and CP Joshi ji twice and was told that the Congress would decide on seat-sharing by December 31, but nothing has happened," Paswan added.
LJP had earlier tied up with the Congress and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) for the Lok Sabha polls.
(Posted on 01-03-2014)