New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Gopal Narayan Singh on Wednesday said that JDU and BJP are equal partners and both need each other. He was speaking on the alliance of the two parties in the state. It is to be noted here that BJP and Janata Dal (United) will be contesting on 17 seats each in Bihar for the forthcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections.  Ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP will contest on six seats.

Talking to reporters, Singh said, “Both JDU and BJP are equal partners, there should be no comparisons. If BJP needs Nitish then Nitish also needs the BJP. Like in all over India, in Bihar also our main brand is Narendrabhai Modi ji.”

On Sunday, BJP chief Amit Shah had made an announcement over the seat sharing. Notably, the seat-sharing deal was sealed, days after Paswan and his son Chirag met BJP leader Arun Jaitley.

Shah had also asserted that the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will win more than 31 seats it had in 2014 and expressed confidence that it will come back to power in 2019. The state has 40 Lok Sabha seats. The deal suggests a victory of sorts for the LJP, which had adopted an aggressive stand seeking a better bargain from the BJP after the exit of Upendra Kushwaha-led RLSP from the ruling alliance.

Shah had said all allies will soon decide on the distribution of Lok Sabha constituencies among them for fielding their candidates in 2019.

The upcoming Lok Sabha Election is very crucial for the saffron party as the party had faced an electoral setback in the recently held assembly elections. BJP had to lose states which it had been ruling for last 15 years. Congress party grabbed three states—Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan.

Meanwhile, Union Minister Paswan, whose son Chirag had created a flutter with his comments seen as critical of the BJP and the central government, had claimed that there was never a problem in the alliance as he has nurtured the “NDA tree” for five years under Modi’s leadership. A government under Modi will be formed again, he had said.

Chirag Paswan had earlier written a letter to Jaitley asking him to explain what benefits demonetisation brought to the country. He had also tweeted that a delay in seat-sharing announcement may harm the ruling alliance.