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Bihar election 2020: LJP not to contest under Nitish Kumar’s leadership; to still support BJP

At the LJP parliamentary board meeting, the party passed a resolution in favour of an alliance with the BJP and said its MLAs would work to strengthen the hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Bihar election 2020: LJP not to contest under Nitish Kumar s leadership; to still support BJP-dnm
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Patna, First Published Oct 4, 2020, 6:12 PM IST
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Patna: Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) decides not to fight Bihar assembly elections under chief minister Nitish Kumar's leadership of NDA in state, party sources told news agency PTI.

Earlier on Thursday, top BJP leaders, including Home Minister Amit Shah and party president JP Nadda, held a meeting with LJP chief Chirag Paswan to thrash out a seat-sharing arrangement with allies.

Party sources said that the LJP parliamentary board proposed an alliance with the BJP for the Bihar assembly elections. LJP sources said that the party can contest 143 seats in the 243-member assembly of Bihar and will not field its candidate against BJP candidates.

“Lok Janshakti Party will not contest the upcoming Bihar elections in alliance with Janata Dal (United) due to ideological differences,” ANI quoted Abdul Khaliq, LJP national general secretary, as saying.

At the LJP parliamentary board meeting, the party passed a resolution in favour of an alliance with the BJP and said its MLAs would work to strengthen the hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“After assembly elections in Bihar, LJP and BJP will form government in Bihar, following the path of development led by our Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” the party said. According to a Patna-based LJP leader, the party has the strength to get 6 to 12 per cent votes, which could spoil the game for JD(U).

In 2015, it contested 42 seats and won two. The JD(U) was then part of the opposition alliance which decisively defeated the NDA.

The BJP central election committee will meet later this evening to finalise the party's candidates for the three-phase assembly election, which begins from October 28.

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