After being unable to jointly contest the Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh,ruling coalition partners JD(U) and BJP seem all set to clash for Rajya Sabha seats.
The Bihar Assembly has 243 seats. The JD(U) with 118 MLAs has been eying four Rajya Sabha seats as against the previous three held by Ali Anwar,Mahendra Prasad and Anil Sahni. The BJP,which has 91 members in the Assembly,can easily send two candidates to the RS and push for a third one due to its extra 21 votes. In comparison,the JD(U) has 13 extra votes. Even if the Opposition,with inadequate numbers,does not field a candidate,35 votes would be required for each member to reach the RS.
BJP state president C P Thakur said: The party should get three seats because of a good number of spare votes. However,central leadership will take a final call on the issue. Another BJP leader,however,said the JD(U) is likely offer an extra seat to the BJP.
Reacting to the BJPs claim to a third seat,JD(U) state president Bashist Narain Singh said: We have not had an NDA meeting so far. Everything would be clear in a couple of days. JD(U) national spokesperson Shivanand Tiwari called for an amicable solution. Before every election,political parties take such posturing. Nitish Kumar and Arun Jaitley can sit together and find an amicable solution, he said.