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NDA announces Bihar seat-sharing pact

IANS  |  Patna 

The ruling (NDA) in Bihar, here on Sunday, officially announced the seat-sharing formula for the Lok Sabha elections.

The announcement was made at a joint press conference, addressed by Nityanand Rai, and JD-U state Vashishth Narain Singh, at the JD-U office.

According to the agreement, the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and the will contest 17 seats each and the (LJP), led by Ram Vilas Paswan, the rest of six seats.

Singh said the JD-U will contest Valmikinagar, Sitamarhi, Jhanjharpur, Supaul, Kishanganj, Katihar, Purnea, Madhepura, Bhagalpur, Gopalganj, Banka, Munger, Nalanda, Gaya, Jehanabad, Siwan and Karakat parliamentary seats.

The BJP will field candidates in West Champaran, East Champaran, Sheohar, Madhubani, Araria, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Maharajganj, Saran, Ujiyarpur, Begusarai, Sasaram, Aurangabad, Buxar, Ara, Patna Saheb and Patliputra constituencies.

The LJP will contest Vaishali, Hajipur, Jamui, Khagaria, Samastipur and Nawada seats.

The BJP has ceded to the JD-U five seats -- Valmikinagar, Gaya, Siwan, Gopalganj and Jhanjharpur -- that it won in 2014.

The BJP-led NDA won 31 of the 40 seats in the state in 2014. Of this, BJP won 22 seats, LJP 6 and the (RLSP) 3. The RLSP has joined the this time.

The JD-U, not part of the NDA then, had contested the 2014 elections on its own and could win only 2 seats -- Purnea and Nawada.

The names of NDA candidates will be announced in two-three days.

--IANS

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First Published: Sun, March 17 2019. 17:28 IST
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