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Bihar Assembly Polls
BJP, allies clinch seat-sharing pact
Published :Tuesday, 15 September, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 22
NEW DELHI, Sept 14 : BJP president Amit Shah on Monday said that the party has clinched a seat-sharing pact with its allies for the Bihar assembly polls.
NDA finalised its seat sharing for Bihar polls with BJP getting to contest 160 out of 243 assembly constituencies while allies LJP and Jitan Ram Manjhi's HAM have been alloted 40 and 20 seats respectively.
Announcing the decision after days of hectic parleys, BJP chief Amit Shah, who was flanked by other key leaders of the alliance like LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan and Manjhi, said that Upendra Kushwaha's RLSP will contest on 23 seats and stressed that there is "no tug of war" among the four NDA constituents over the seat sharing agreement for the next month's polls. Shah also chose the occasion to appeal to workers of all the four NDA allies to fight the elections together to ensure a resounding victory for the alliance against the Nitish Kumar led JD(U)-RJD-Congress coalition.
Manji, who is former Bihar Chief Minister and leader of Hindustani Awaam Morcha (Secular), was apparently unhappy earlier after he was offered 15 seats. The BJP chief today said the issue of Chief Ministership will be decided by the NDA MLAs after the polls and asserted that there are no differences among the constituents.
"On the one side is a coalition of compulsion. On the other side is an alliance with a common chemistry and similar ideologies," Shah claimed.     ?PTI

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