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NDA ally Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) contest independently in Bihar

October 05, 2020 09:31 AM

New Delhi, October 4
NDA ally Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) today finally made public its decision to exit the alliance and contest independently in Bihar.

The decision did not come as a surprise to the BJP, which was "aware" of LJP president Chirag Paswan's plan ahead of its Central Election Committee meeting held later in the day.

The BJP may now end up contesting a larger chunk of seats than the JD-U, which also has to accommodate Jitan Ram Manjhi-led HAM(S) from its quota of seats. Amid speculation over a "fixed match" between the BJP and LJP, the latter gave a hint with its public assurance of support to the BJP in case "it forms the government in Bihar under its own CM".

The LJP said it would contest 143 seats, mostly the ones the JD-U was contesting. "Owing to ideological differences with the JD-U, we have decided to contest the Assembly elections independently, " the LJP said, adding that it would not contest under Nitish Kumar.

At the same time, it also said it would continue to be part of the NDA at the Centre
- Agencies .

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