Patna, September 15: Campaign leader of the Lok Janata Party for the Bihar elections and the son of LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan, Chirag Paswan on Tuesday spoke up about the speculation that there was a rift between the NDA allies, post declaration of the seat sharing arrangement. President of Bharatiya Janata Party Amit Shah, on Monday declared the seats for all the parties in the alliance, according to which the LJP was given 40 seats. Also Read: Bihar Assembly Elections 2015: Lok Janshakti Party and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party unhappy with seat sharing?
It was speculated that Ram Vilas Paswan and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party leader Upendra Khushwaha had both been unhappy with the number of seats their parties were allotted. However, CHirag Paswan has now clarified that his party was not upset, they were just shocked as what they got was not exactly what they had expected. “LJP sankhya kay vivaad mai nahin padte. Humare cadre mei thoda asantosh tha, naraazgi nahin“, Paswan clarified. (LJP don’t get into the numbers debate. There was a sort of dissatisfaction, but there was never any outrage or objection)
Paswan also clarified that his party had absolutely no problems with the number of seats that have been allotted to the Dalit party Hindustani Awwam Morcha. Reiterating that theree was absolutely no tensions between allies in NDA, Paswan said,”Want to make it clear tht Manjhi ji, Kushwaha ji are like family members. Seat numbers isnt something we’ll split with BJP on.” Paswan said that he has conveyed the party’s concerns to Amit Shah.
Towing the party line, Paswan also said that the party’s prime motive was to strengthen the NDA alliance’s standing in the state and they were committed to that end. During a press conference hosted at Amit Shah’s residence in Delhi yesterday, all the party leaders had presented a united front against the Grand Alliance. The biggest victory had come for Jitan Ram Manjhi’s HAM, which has been awarded 20+5 seats this election. According to the arrangement, five candidates from the party will fight under the BJP’s symbol.