The ruling NDA coalition in Bihar has announced its seat-sharing formula. According to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar JD-U will contest 122 seats while the BJP will fight on 121 seats in the state. Jitanram Manjhi’s HAM party has been given 7 seats from JD-U (Janata Dal United) quota. The BJP will also accommodate seats to Mukesh Sahni’s VIP from its given quota.
While speaking to the media in Patna, Nitish Kumar said that Bihar’s development is the utmost priority for his party JD-U and it does not matter what the opposition parties say. The RJD has been extremely critical of the Nitish Kumar government accusing him of taking Bihar back into the dark ages.
Making a veiled attack on the Lok Janashakti Party (LJP), Bihar Deputy CM Sushil Modi said that only those who consider Nitish Kumar as their leader will be considered a part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). And only NDA will have the permission to use Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pictures during their poll campaign.
It is to be noted that the Lok Janshakti Party has taken the decision to go solo in the Bihar Assembly Elections. They have also announced to pitch candidates against the JD-U.
Meanwhile, Bihar BJP president and Lok Sabha MP from Bettiah Sanjay Jaiswal said that the BJP-JD(U alliance is “unbreakable”.
He further added, “In Bihar, Nitish Kumar is the face of the NDA. Without his permission, none can either join the alliance or leave it.”
Bihar election dates
The Election Commission of India had earlier announced the schedule for Bihar Assembly polls 2020. Voting in the state is scheduled in three phases, the first phase of polling will take place on October 28, the second phase is scheduled to happen on November 3 while the final phase will take place on November 7. The counting of the votes will take place on November 10 along with the results being declared.