So Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad are done with seat-sharing – along predictable lines, keeping in view the social composition of the state.
On paper, the JD (U) has conceded 27 of its seats to the RJD and 13 to the Congress. However, in practical terms, Nitish Kumar is not a loser at all. After former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi had taken away 19 JD (U) legislators, Nitish was left with 97 MLAs of which at least a dozen sitting MLAs did not fit the bill in the changed political equations and the new political alliances.
There was not much of a hitch in the seat sharing as it was natural for the JD (U) to give tickets to most of its sitting MLAs. The RJD which had won only 22 seats in the last Assembly elections, has got the maximum number of seats in areas of Yadav dominance.
The Congress which has got tickets for its sitting MLAs, however, lives with apprehensions of both the RJD and the JD (U) accommodating some of their rebels with a Congress symbol. If the Congress can ward off its alliance partners’ “designs”, the grand old party should be happy with its position.
One interesting seat sharing agreement: the JD (U) which had won the Raghopur seat — defeating Rabri Devi in the last polls– had to concede the traditional RJD citadel for Lalu’s son Tejashwi Prasad Yadav. The BJP has taken no time in accepting the JD (U) Raghopur MLA, Satish Kumar Yadav into its fold and pit him against Tejashwi. The RJD also conceded three of its seats to the JD (U).
JD (U) sources said that each seat was discussed on the basis on social composition despite all the brouhaha over the development plank.