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NDA seat sharing: Paswan’s silence screaming, is it a lull before the storm?

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PATNA: LJP president Ram Vilas Paswan has suddenly gone silent after the BJP president Amit Shah in the company of chief minister Nitish Kumar announced the NDA seat-sharing deal for the upcoming LS polls.

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Although his son Chirag Paswan, also the LJP parliamentary board chairman, claims everything is fine, Paswan’s silence is being viewed as a lull before the storms.

Inside story is that Paswan is hugely angry at the way the BJP treated his party by not taking him in confidence before announcing the deal.

What has hurt Paswan the most, sources said, is the humiliation meted out to him.

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“Paswan came to support Narendra Modi when most parties were unwilling to join his company. He has been with the NDA for the past five years and must have been invited at the Press conference where the seat-sharing formula was announced by Shah and Nitishji. By ignoring him, the BJP-JD-U has indirectly conveyed they don’t need him anymore,” a LJP leader said.

The BJP-JD-U has announced to contest equal number of LS seats in Bihar, and reports are that a maximum of four-five seats could be spared for the LJP which was given seven seats in the last LS polls.

Paswan has not uttered a single word since the deal was announced although his son expects a “respectable” number of seats in seat-sharing. However, it’s Paswan’s silence which is screaming.

Paswan has been a key factor in Bihar politics and has tilted the balance almost every election since he formed his LJP.

In between 2004 to 2014, he was with the UPA and saw it coming to power but in 2014, he switched over to the NDA and Narendra Modi came to power.

It’s to be seen now if Paswan makes an exit from the NDA or stays with it, ignoring resentment in the party rank and file over LJP’s humiliating treatment.

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