Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and BJP has been bargaining since months, now both will settle in Bihar’s 40 Lok Sabha seats. JD(U) will get 16 seats,BJP to get 17 seats.
A formal announcement is expected this week – the BJP had been waiting for a nod from the other allies. There has also been the question of a contingency plan in case Upendra Kushwaha, seen as a restive ally, decides to walk out. The two seats earmarked for him will be evenly divided between the BJP and the JD(U), sources said.
Mr Kumar has been unyielding – sending back the BJP to the drawing board when they came up with a draft plan two months ago, giving themselves a lion’s share of 22 seats. His leaders had held out for what they called a more “equitable” distribution.
Senior BJP leader Bhupendra Yadav had hastened to assure that the formula was by no means final. “Nothing has been finalised, once it is, you will come to know,” he had said. The BJP is explaining the current formula with one used by the Grand Alliance in the 2015 assembly elections.