Bihar polls: LJP hardens its stand against JD(U) | India News

NEW DELHI: In what seems as BJP ally LJP’s determination to play hardball before the Bihar election, the regional outfit reiterated on Wednesday that it’s alliance is with the saffron outfit and it’s hardly concerned about the JD(U).
The party chief, Chirag Paswan has suggested to BJP president J P Nadda that BJP should contest in more seats than JD(U). Meanwhile, the LJP has welcomed senior JD(U) leader K C Tyagi’s comment that they had no alliance with LJP. The party’s central parliamentary board met on Wednesday where the party MPs suggested that the LJP should put candidates against the JD(U) in each seat, sources said.
The MPs were also of the view that the party should not fight the election under the leadership of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.
“We have two options and we have made our stand clear. Paani gale tak pahoonch gaya hai (the water has reached the gale). Our alliance with the BJP and we will follow the coalition dharma. If the difference can be ironed out respectfully, then it’s fine; else we have Plan B ready, to put candidates only against JD(U). The second one seems a better one as of now,” said a senior LJP leader.
Amid speculations that the LJP might be posturing to get more seats as it has been repeatedly saying to have prepared a list of 143 candidates, sources said even if a negotiation is worked out LJP will seek tickets for “A category constituencies” where it has a high possibility of winning.
“We won’t accept few good seats and more where we have less chance of winning,” said a source. He added that there has been no talk so far about the seat sharing. Responding to why the party is preparing for 143 seats, the leader said, “That’s purely based on the assumption that JD(U) may stick to the stand of taking majority seats in the alliance and in that case there would be LJP candidates against each JD(U) candidate.”
The BJP high command has repeatedly backed Nitish Kumar as the NDA’s chief ministerial face.

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