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Bihar grand alliance talks: Cong likely to contest 11 seats, deal 'almost' sealed

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The seat-sharing deal between grand alliance members in has been "almost finalised" and the is likely to contest 11 seats in the state, sources said.

Intensive negotiations were held among grand alliance constituents here as top leaders of the formation sought to settle the issue of seat-sharing for the 40 Lok Sabha seats in the state.

"The seat-sharing deal has been almost finalised. The RJD has agreed on 11 seats for the Congress," a senior said on condition of anonymity.

All parties in the grand alliance will be given full respect and the decision would be announced in the next few days, the said.

The RJD will get the lion's share of seats - about 20, sources said.

The is scheduled to begin on April 11 and will continue till May 19. Polling on the different seats will be held in in seven phases.

The 'mahagathbandhan', as the grand alliance is called, comprises old allies like the and the RJD, besides new entrants such as Upendra Kushwaha's RLSP, Jitan Ram Manjhi's Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM), Sharad Yadav's Loktantrik (LJD) and the (VIP), a fledgling outfit floated by former Bollywood

The RJD had fought 27 seats in the 2014 general elections, though it managed to win only four.

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First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 23:20 IST