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Grand Alliance partners close to sealing seat-sharing deal to counter NDA in Bihar

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PATNA: Grand Alliance partners have moved closer to sealing the seat-sharing deal for Bihar.

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As per media reports, the RJD which enjoys the huge support base will be contesting on a lion’s share of 20 out of Bihar’s total 40 LS seats while 11 will be spared for the Congress.

The remaining allies, such as the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) headed by former union minister Upendra Kushwaha, Hindustani Awam Morcha led by former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, Vikashseel Insan Party (VIP) led by Mukesh Sahni and Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) leader Sharad Yadav will be suitably accommodated as per their political strength. All these leaders have already reached Delhi to seal the deal.

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In the last LS polls, the RJD had contested on 27 seats whereas the 13 seats have been given to the Congress. The remaining one seat had gone to the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Tariq Anwar.

The entire political scenario, however, has undergone a wide change this time with several NDA partners such as the RLSP, HAM and Sharad Yadav now being part of the opposition Grand Alliance. Anwar too has joined the Congress now.

In the last 2014 LS polls, the NDA had put up a spectacular show, emerging victorious on 31 out of total 40 LS seats. Of the 31 seats, the BJP alone had won 22 seats but this doesn’t appear to be a cakewalk for the NDA this time.

With the anti-incumbency very high and the major opposition parties coming together to prevent split in the secular votes, this indeed is going to be very tough for the NDA to repeat its past performance.

Added to this, quite few BJP heavyweights, such as Bollywood star-turned-leader Shatrughan Sinha and Kirti Jha Azad have turned rebels. While Azad has already quit the BJP, Sinha is on the verge of dumping the BJP. This factor too is set to cost the BJP dear.

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