Amid reports that Union Minister Giriraj Singh is upset with the BJP’s decision to give his Nawada seat to ally LJP as part of a seat-sharing arrangement in Bihar, LJP leader Chirag Paswan has said he will speak to Singh to dispel his displeasure.
The NDA on Sunday divided the 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar among its constituents, with the BJP contesting from 17 seats, the JD(U) from 17, and the LJP from six.
As part of the arrangements, the JD(U) got Munger — a seat that LJP had won in 2014. In lieu of Munger, the party got Nawada.
Singh, who won from Nawada in 2014, is now likely to contest from Begusarai.
Paswan, the LJP’s central parliamentary board chairperson, said on Monday that his party was not the reason for Singh’s displeasure, but he will speak to the minister.
After the LJP’s central parliamentary board meeting in Delhi, he told media persons that he had spoken to Singh a few days earlier and had assured him that if he wishes to contest from Nawada, LJP will not make claim for that seat. “In lieu of Munger, LJP’s demand was either Begusarai or Nawada. LJP has been given this seat by the alliance. I am disappointed to know through the media that Giriraj ji is upset. But I am not the reason for his displeasure and I also do not want to be the reason,” Paswan said.
BJP spokesperson in Bihar Anand Jha said, “Giriraj ji has worked in Nawada in the past five years. He is a such a tall leader that he could win the election by contesting anywhere.”
Meanwhile, Singh said only state BJP chief Nityanand Rai could answer why he had been asked to give up his sitting seat. “Compulsions of seat-sharing may be there. But I wish to underscore that no other Union minister from Bihar may have to give up his sitting seat,” PTI quoted him as saying in Patna.
“Five years is a long time and I have become attached to Nawada and its people. Rai had assured me that I would get a ticket from wherever I wanted. Why this (denial of ticket) happened is for him to answer…” he said.