NDA ally (LJP) has made it clear that it would not settle for anything less than seven seats in Bihar in the seat-sharing arrangement for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The LJP had contested seven seats in the 2014 elections and won six.
LJP Bihar president and state minister Pashupati Kumar Paras said, “There has been no official word on seat- sharing either from BJP president, LJP president Ram Vilas Paswan and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. Let heads of all NDA constituents get together and take a call.”
Paras, however, said LJP would demand seven seats, the same number it contested in 2014. “We won six seats convincingly and lost the seventh, Nalanda, by a narrow margin. The strength of our party has only increased over the last five years. We have a good influence in certain areas of Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand. In fact, the BJP leadership should give us some seats to contest in UP and Jharkhand,” he said.
Asked how the party would react if the BJP offers it less than seven seats, Paras said, “We demand from BJP national president Amit Shah that LJP is given seven seats to contest in the Lok Sabha polls. While we want greater NDA unity and want to ensure its return to the Centre, our interest should also be protected. But I hold that party and alliance are bigger than little considerations.”