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INDIA Bloc Offers 8 Seats to BJP Ally in Bihar

Ahead of Lok Sabha Elections INDIA Block offer seats to NDA ally in Bihar.

According to reports, Chirag Paswan is being offered six seats by the NDA, which will need to be shared with his uncle and Rashtriya Lok Janshakti Party chief, Pashupati Paras. Meanwhile, INDIA Block offers 8 Seats.


Amidst the ongoing seat-sharing negotiations within the NDA in Bihar, sources have informed NDTV that the INDIA alliance has extended an offer to Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas) chief Chirag Paswan. The offer comprises eight Lok Sabha seats in Bihar and two in Uttar Pradesh.

This proposal presents an intriguing option for Mr. Paswan, especially considering reports that he is being offered only six Lok Sabha constituencies in Bihar by the NDA. Moreover, these seats come with the condition that they must be shared with his uncle and Rashtriya Lok Janshakti Party chief, Pashupati Paras, with whom he shares strained relations.

In contrast, the offer from the INDIA alliance includes all six seats that the undivided Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) contested in the 2019 elections, along with two additional constituencies in Bihar and two in Uttar Pradesh, providing an added incentive.

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Amidst the ongoing seat-sharing negotiations within the NDA in Bihar, sources have informed NDTV that the INDIA alliance has extended an offer to Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas) chief Chirag Paswan. The offer comprises eight Lok Sabha seats in Bihar and two in Uttar Pradesh.

This proposal presents an intriguing option for Mr. Paswan, especially considering reports that he is being offered only six Lok Sabha constituencies in Bihar by the NDA. Moreover, these seats come with the condition that they must be shared with his uncle and Rashtriya Lok Janshakti Party chief, Pashupati Paras, with whom he shares strained relations.

In contrast, the offer from the INDIA alliance includes all six seats that the undivided Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) contested in the 2019 elections, along with two additional constituencies in Bihar and two in Uttar Pradesh, providing an added incentive.

In 2021, the Lok Janshakti Party underwent a split following a coup orchestrated by Mr. Paras, occurring a year after the demise of party chief and esteemed leader Ram Vilas Paswan.

Mr. Paswan, who was both the brother of Mr. Paras and the father of Chirag Paswan, found himself at odds with the developments. Following Mr. Paras’s inclusion in the cabinet by the BJP-led NDA, Chirag Paswan directed criticism towards the Janata Dal United and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Interestingly, he refrained from targeting the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whom he had previously revered as his “Ram” and himself as “Hanuman”.

Chirag Paswan’s departure from the NDA in 2020, due to disagreements with Mr. Kumar, saw a return to the alliance last year, during the period when the Bihar chief minister was aligned with the Mahagathbandhan, which includes the Rashtriya Janata Dal led by Lalu Yadav and the Congress. Tensions have reportedly simmered beneath the surface since Mr. Kumar’s reentry into the NDA earlier this year.

Moreover, disputes between Mr. Paswan and Mr. Paras have emerged regarding the latter’s Hajipur Lok Sabha constituency. While Mr. Paras currently holds the seat as the incumbent MP, Mr. Paswan has asserted his claim to it, citing it as his late father’s former constituency and his own “karmabhoomi”

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In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in Bihar, the BJP and the JDU contested 17 seats each, while the remaining six constituencies were fielded by the LJP. Notably, the BJP and the LJP emerged victorious in all the seats they contested, whereas the JDU faced defeat only in Kishanganj, which was secured by the Congress.

Reports suggest that the larger partners within the NDA are inclined towards replicating the same allocation of seats, leaving Mr. Paras and the LJP to negotiate an agreement regarding the six constituencies contested by the party previously.

On the other hand, the Bihar Mahagathbandhan now finds itself with 17 seats, which were originally allotted to the JDU. This adjustment has provided them with the flexibility to strategize and potentially engage with Mr. Paswan’s party in their coalition efforts.

If the move does work out, it will be a boost to the INDIA alliance, which has faced trouble in finalising seat-sharing in several states, including West Bengal and Punjab. Bihar, with its 40 seats, sends the fourth-highest number of MPs to the Lok Sabha and the INDIA alliance is fancying its chances of giving pause to the NDA juggernaut after the 39-1 rout it had faced its chances.

The blow to the NDA and the JDU could also act as a salve for the INDIA bloc, which is still smarting from Mr Kumar’s fresh volte-face in January. 

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