JD(U), RJD tussle over seat-sharing; Lalu demands 145, Nitish taunts saying all 243 available

A tussle over seat-sharing between JD(U) and RJD in Bihar assembly poll started today with a senior RJD leader staking claim to 145 seats out of total 243 for his party.

By: Press Trust of India Written by Santosh Singh | Patna | Updated: May 16, 2015 2:56 am
Lalu Prasad yadav, Nitish Kumar, bihar elections JD(U) had won 117 seats in the 2010 polls in alliance with BJP while RJD was confined to 24 seats at that time.

Tussle between RJD and JD(U) over seat-sharing for the Bihar Assembly elections appeared to have intensified on Friday, with Lalu Prasad’s close aide Raghuvansh Prasad Singh staking claim to 145 seats out of total 243 for his party — a demand sarcastically rejected by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

“If we analyse our performance in Assembly segments as per the Lok Sabha results, we are on number one and two positions at 145 seats, while JD (U) is number one and two only on 43 seats. Nitish Kumar cannot cite the 2010 Assembly show when he was part of NDA. We have all the reasons to contest on more seats than JD (U),” Singh, RJD vice-president and former Union minister, told reporters here.

Singh, often taken as RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s emissary to voice party line, added “winnability” of candidates would be an important determinant in the Assembly polls.

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However, when asked by mediapersons to comment on Singh’s statement, Nitish, according to PTI, retorted: “Why 145? The entire 243 seats are available.”

“There has been several rounds of discussion with both RJD and Congress. There is no final word yet but we are trying to take the discussion to logical conclusion,” he further said. He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an event here.

RJD has already dismissed any chances of Janata Parivar merger ahead of Bihar polls, with Lalu saying forming an alliance would be the best option.

In another reflection of a “tense” relationship between RJD and JD(U), Lalu Prasad tried to put the Nitish Kumar government on the backfoot by asking it to move the Supreme Court against the Patna High Court order annulling the reservation in job promotions for SCs/STs. The CM, in reply, however, said his government was “serious on such matters” and that RJD was free to raise such issues.

A senior JD (U) leader said RJD has been trying to play “big brother” in the alliance. “Such posturings would continue from either side, but is frought with danger of impression of fissures in Janata Parivar,” said the leader.

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  1. Ajay Kumar
    May 15, 2015 at 5:39 pm
    God save Bihar from these discredited jokers who have, between them, reduced Our state to penury, made us Bihari butt of jokes, NaMo should send Nitish to Andaman Nicobar as Lt. Governor and Laalu to Eritrea, Yemen or Sudan as Indian ambador.
    1. O
      May 15, 2015 at 5:03 pm
      Well said Kamal,This Lalu is a grahan for Bihar. If he come back to power, then we should accept that our Bihar people do not wish change in their lives, neither they want to contribute to our national growth. I am too a Bihari. and I want to see our heritage rich state on top of the world in every aspect.
      1. N
        Nampurath Krishna
        May 15, 2015 at 9:07 pm
        The unification of 'Janata Parivar' is embling frogs together. It would die of its' own internal fights resultant to ego clash.
        1. K
          May 15, 2015 at 5:53 pm
          All these political orphanages are dreaming to build a castle . I think they will fight each other and become unpor and it is pity to see Nitish in the company of Fothar scam Lallu.Nithish will also take political Sanyas after Bihar pole.
          1. R
            May 17, 2015 at 4:28 pm
            but there are still people voting for these guys..I dont understand the mentality of our voters. A 1 ltr liquor and free lunch will make these buffoons come back..I hope good sense prevails among the bihari voters drom poor to rich cl
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