Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said here on Monday that an arrangement to share seats with the BJP for the Lok Sabha election would be concluded after receiving its proposal in three or four weeks.
Addressing presspersons on the sidelines of his weekly Lok Samvad (public interaction) programme, he said there was nothing to share about his meeting with BJP president Amit Shah here on July 12. “We discussed many things, but there is nothing to disclose in public,” he said.
NDA sources told
that nothing concrete had emerged yet on seat-sharing. “Top leaders of both parties are still mulling over it and trying to work out an acceptable formula,” a leader said. Sources said Mr. Kumar’s Janata Dal(U) was likely to get at least 12 of the 40 seats in Bihar.
The Rashtriya Lok Samata Party may get two, as one of its three MPs, Arun Kumar from the Jehanabad constituency, had rebelled against party chief Upendra Kushwaha. The BJP may field Mr. Kumar on its quota of seats. The Lok Jan Shakti Party, led by Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, could get six seats.
“If the JD(U) mounts pressure for more seats, the BJP could dump them as it did the PDP in J&K ,” said a senior leader of the State BJP.
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