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Bihar polls: BJP spares 11 seats to associate partner VIP from its quota

Vikassheel Insaan Party, floated a couple of years ago by former Bollywood set designer Mukesh Sahni, was with the opposition Grand Alliance till last week

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Bihar Elections  | Janata Dal (United) | Nitish Kumar

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar interacts with ticket seekers at party office ahead of Bihar Assembly Election.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar interacts with ticket seekers at party office ahead of Bihar Assembly Election.

The BJP on Wednesday allocated 11 seats to associate partner Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) from its quota of 121 seats in Bihar assembly polls.

Chief Minister had announced at a joint press conference Tuesday that while JD(U) will spare some seats to Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) of former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi from its share of 122 seats and the BJP will accommodate VIP from its quota of 121 seats in the 243-member assembly.JD(U) has provided seven seats to HAM.

The seat distribution to VIP was announced by Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi, Bihar unit president Sanjay Jaiswal, and VIP chief Mukesh Sahni. Jaiswal said VIP would also be provided one seat in Bihar legislative council in future.

VIP, floated a couple of years ago by former Bollywood set designer Mukesh Sahni, was with the opposition Grand Alliance till last week. Sahni had announced an abrupt exit from the Opposition coalition in protest against “back-stabbing” by RJD, which helms the anti-NDA grouping, and its de facto leader Tejashwi Yadav.

Sahni expressed happiness over return to the BJP-led NDA with which he had started his political innings in 2014.


Bihar BJP leader joins

Bihar BJP leader Usha Vidyarthi joined the Lok Janshakti Party after meeting president Chirag Paswan, and is likely to be fielded from the Paliganj assembly seat where the JD(U) will contest as well. PTI

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First Published: Wed, October 07 2020. 23:39 IST