New Delhi: Soon after NDA announced seat-sharing formula for forthcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal United (JD-U) patron Nitish Kumar stated that the century old Ram Mandir matter should be solved through a court decision or mutual understanding.

Echoing Lok Janashakti Party (LJP) leader Chirag Paswan’s views, Kumar asserted that development was the key for winning 2019 parliamentary elections. Recently, Paswan had cautioned the BJP and had asked it focus on the development plank rather than Ayodhya dispute.

Notably, Kumar’s statement came after BJP party president Amit Shah announced that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Janata Dal (United) (JDU) would contest 17 seats each while the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) would fight on six seats in Bihar for the 2019 general elections.

Addressing media in presence of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and Lok Janshakti Party chief and Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan, Shah said that LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan will also be the Rajya Sabha candidate of the NDA.
Shah claimed 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.