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Grand Alliance announces seat-sharing formula with Tejashwi as its leader

A multi-party Grand Alliance took shape ahead of the Bihar assembly polls, notwithstanding a minor fissure, with RJD's Tejashwi Yadav being backed unanimously as the face of the coalition

Bihar Elections  | Tejashwi Yadav | Congress

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

Rashtriya Janta Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav addresses a press conference in Patna.
Rashtriya Janta Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav addresses a press conference in Patna.

A multi-party Grand Alliance took

shape here ahead of the assembly polls on Saturday, notwithstanding a minor fissure, with Rashtriya Janata Dals being backed unanimously as the face of the coalition and the party ending up with a lions share of the seats.

Announcing the seat-sharing formula in presence of leaders of Congress, CPI(ML), CPI and CPI(M), Yadav said his party will accommodate old alliance partner Vikashheel Insaan Party (VIP) and JMM its ally in adjoining Jharkhand from its quota of 144 seats in the 243-strong assembly.

Among other allies, has been given 70 seats, nearly twice as many as it had contested in the 2015 assembly polls in alliance with the RJD and Chief Minister Nitish Kumars JD(U).

The will also be fielding its candidate in Valmiki Nagar Lok Sabha seat where by-poll will be held on November 07.

Among the Left parties, the CPI(ML) has been given 19 seats, followed by CPI (six) and CPI(M).

Yadav vowed to dislodge the government headed by Nitish Kumar, whom leader Avinash Pandey in his address accused of "apharan" (hijacking) of the mandate in the previous

The JD(U) chief had fought 2015 opposing the BJP led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi but ended up re- aligning with the saffron party, Pandey said.

The disjointed formation, however, continued to be in disarray as VIP president Mukesh Sahni a Bollywood set designer-turned-politician announced soon after the press conference that he was quitting the grand alliance since he did not get "a respectable offer".

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First Published: Sat, October 03 2020. 19:40 IST