New Delhi: Ahead of Lok Sabha elections 2019, the leaders of National Democratic Alliance (NDA) on Sunday announced seat-sharing details amongst the allies– Janata Dal (United), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP)– in Bihar. According to the agreement, the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will contest 17 seats each while the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) will contest from six seats. Also Read - Rajya Sabha Seat Left Vacant After Ram Vilas Paswan's Death May Not go to LJP Again - This is Why
BJP will contest Patna, Muzaffarpur, Aurangabad and Muzaffarpur seats amongst others, while LJP will fight on the Hajipur, Samastipur and Nawada seats. JDU will contest 17 seats including Nalanda, Gaya and Kishanganj. Also Read - Bihar Encounter: 3 Maoists Killed in Gunfight With Security Forces in Gaya
The announcement was made by JD-U state President Vashishtha Narayan Singh, BJP state President Nityanand Rai and LJP state President Pashupati Kumar Paras, during a press conference here. However, the name of candidates for all the 40 Lok Sabha seats will be announced in the next two to three days. Also Read - Facing Corruption Probe, Bihar's New Education Minister Mewalal Choudhary Resigns Days After Taking Oath
Here is the complete list of what seat will be contested by which candidate:
Purvi champaran: BJP
Paschim champaran: BJP
Valmiki Nagar: JDU
In 2014, the JD(U) had contested the polls independently, while the LJP and BJP had won two and six seats respectively. Meanwhile in 2009, the NDA had won 32 of the 40 seats in the state.
Meanwhile, Bihar’s ruling NDA on Thursday taunted the Grand Alliance for failing to reach an accord on seat-sharing. Speaking to the media, senior BJP leader and Union Ashwani Choubey asked, “They have failed to finalise seat sharing, how can they be a challenge to the NDA?”
If reports are to be believed, the Grand Alliance-led by Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) is likely to announce seat-sharing on March 17. The RJD is likely to contest on 20 seats and Congress on 11 of the 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar.
The Lok Sabha Elections 2019 are scheduled to begin on April 11. The polls will be conducted in seven phases with final phase voting on May 19. Bihar will vote on April 11, 18, 23, 29 and May 6, 12 and 19. The counting of votes will be conducted on May 23.