After Paswan now Kushwaha’s RLSP not happy with seat sharing deal announced by BJP


A day after Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti  expressed its displeasure over seat sharing deal, another NDA partner Rashtriya Lok Samata Party has raised its concerns over how the seats were allocated.

Expressing reservations over the BJP “unilaterally” going ahead with declaration of its first list of candidates, RLSP also objected to the announcement of candidates on at least five seats, which it wanted for itself.

(Also read: BJP releases list 43 candidates for Bihar polls while allies sulk)

After RLSP leaders raised their concerns, the BJP leaders held a series of meetings to sort out the issue.

Sources said union minister and BJP’s election incharge Anant Kumar held a meeting at his residence with party’s allies in the National Democratic Alliance. BJP general secretary incharge of Bihar Bhupendra Yadav also held discussions with leaders of RLSP, which is led by union minister Upendra Kushwaha.

“The discussions were still being held on specific seats but BJP announced its candidates unilaterly. We have objection to this. We will raise the issue on right platform,” RLSP spokesperson Faizal Imam told IANS.

“What BJP did was against the coalition dharma. We should have taken into confidence,” he added.

Sources said that Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) leader Jiten Ram Manjhi met Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah amid discussions among allies on seats.

The BJP on Tuesday released its first list of candidates for Bihar assembly polls with 43 names.

Bihar will go for five-phased election from October 12 to November 5.

The BJP has decided to contest 160 seats in 243-member Bihar assembly, leaving the remaining to its allies – Lok Janshakti Party (40), HAM (20) and RLSP (23).


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