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BJP finalises seat-sharing deal with allies for Bihar polls

Following days of hard bargain, BJP on Monday (September 14) sealed a seat sharing pact for the Bihar assembly polls with its allies under which it will contest 160 of the 243 seats, while sparing 20 for Mahadalit leader Jitan Ram Manjhi's HAM(S), besides 40 for Ram Vilas Paswan's LJP.

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Following days of hard bargain, BJP on Monday (September 14) sealed a seat sharing pact for the Bihar assembly polls with its allies under which it will contest 160 of the 243 seats, while sparing 20 for Mahadalit leader Jitan Ram Manjhi's HAM(S), besides 40 for Ram Vilas Paswan's LJP.

HAM Chief Jitan Ram Majhi offering sweets BJP president Amit Shah after core committee meeting on Bihar election also seen BJp senior leader Anant Kumar at Shah residence in new Delhi on Monday. (Source: Express Photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

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Union minister Upendra Kushwaha's RLSP got 23 seats to fight in the high-stakes elections starting October 12.

BJP president Amit Shah offering sweets HAM Chief Jitan Ram Majhi after core committee meeting on Bihar election at Shah residence. (Source: Express Photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

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Flanked by key alliance leaders like Paswan and Kushwaha besides Manjhi, BJP chief Amit Shah said an "united" NDA was on its way to securing two-thirds majority in the state against the "crumbling" alliance of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, RJD chief Lalu Prasad and Congress.

BJP president Amit Shah with HAM Chief Jitan Ram Majhi BJP senior leader Anant kumar and Shakuni choudhry with Sweets during core committee meeting on Bihar election. (Source: Express Photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

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Presenting a united face, Shah claimed acrimony among alliance partners, especially LJP and Manjhi-led Hindustani Awam Morcha (secular), was behind them and all differences sorted out.

BJP President Amit Shah, HAM(S) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi and other NDA leaders at a meeting regarding Bihar elections, in New Delhi. (Source: PTI)

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Shah said some of Manjhi's party leaders will also contest on BJP's symbols.

BJP leader and Union Minister Giriraj Singh offers sweets to HAM(S) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi. (Source: PTI)

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Playing hardball, Manjhi had for days refused to settle for BJP's offer of 13-15 seats. Manjhi persistently targeted Paswan, claiming he enjoyed better clout with Dalit voters.

BJP leader and Union Minister Giriraj Singh, HAM(S) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi, BJP President Amit Shah, Ananth Kumar and other NDA leaders share sweets after a meeting regarding Bihar elections, in New Delhi. (Source: PTI)

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With allies by his side, the BJP chief attacked rivals, saying the Bihar chief minister was promising to provide a crime-free rule in alliance with Prasad whose tenure in 1990s was dubbed by Kumar as 'jungle raaj'.

BJP leader and Union Minister Giriraj Singh, party's Bihar In-Charge Bhupender Yadav and HAM(S) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi in New Delhi. (Source: PTI)