Patna: Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha launched a scathing attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the seat sharing announcement in Bihar. Accusing the saffron party of bowing down in front of the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Kushwaha said that the move will not help the party win the Lok Sabha Elections 2019.
“BJP ke log zyada kehte the ki 56-inch ka seena hai, toh 56- inch ke seena wale natmastak hogye Nitish Kumar ji ke saamne, aur aadha-aadha batwara kar diya, kisko kitni seeton pe ladna hai isse janta ko koi matlab nahi hai (The BJP always used to say they have a 56-inch chest, but now it seems they’ve bowed down in front of Nitish Kumar and divided seats equally. But people do not care about how many seats you contest on, they will vote for the one who works for the public),” he said.
Kushwaha’s attack comes a few hours after BJP chief Amit Shah announced that the saffron party and Janata Dal (United) will contest 17 seats each and in Bihar for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls, while Ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP will contest six seats.
Addressing media in presence of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and Lok Janshakti Party chief and Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan, Shah said that Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan will also be the Rajya Sabha candidate of the NDA. Notably, the seat-sharing deal was sealed, days after Paswan and his son Chirag met BJP leader Arun Jaitley.
Shah 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.