The Bhartiya Janata Party on Wednesday gave 11 seats from its quota to Mukesh Sahni-led Vikashil Insaan Party, the brand new entrant to the NDA alliance in Bihar.
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Earlier, the 2 main alliance companions had shared the 243 State meeting seats between themselves: the JD(U) 122 and the BJP 121. Three-phase elections to the Assembly are scheduled to start on October 28.
On Tuesday, JD(U) had allotted seven seats from its quota to one other alliance associate, the Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular)-led by former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi.
“We’ve allocated 11 seats and one State council seat to VIP… The BJP has always respected people from Extremely Backward Castes…in the last Assembly poll, our party gave 25 seats to EBS candidates, of which they won 12,” stated senior State BJP chief and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi. “It was the NDA government that came up with 20% reservation for EBC in panchayat poll and today over 1600 mukhias [village heads] in Bihar are from these castes.”
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Addressing media individuals, VIP chief Mukesh Sahni stated he was comfortable to return to the BJP-led NDA. “I had started my political innings in the 2014 Lok Sabha poll with the aim of making Narendra Modi the Prime Minister,” he stated.
Earlier on October 2, Mr. Sahni had surprised the mahagathbandhan leaders by making an abrupt exit from the press meet known as to announce the seat allocation amongst alliance companions. “I was stabbed in the back and cheated,” Mr. Sahni stated whereas making a hasty exit.
The VIP has been given Brahmpur, Bochaha, Gaura Bauram, Simri Bakhtiyarpur, Sugauli, Madhubani, Kewati, Sahebganj, Balrampur, Ali Nagar and Baniapur.
Filing of nominations begins
Meanwhile, candidates have began submitting nominations for the first-phase of elections for 71 seats. October eight is the final date for submitting nominations. Senior BJP chief Prem Kumar filed his papers for the eighth time from the Gaya meeting constituency, whereas HAM(S) occasion chief Jitan Ram Manjhi filed his nomination from Imamganj constituency.
Imprisoned bahubali (strongman) Anant Singh too filed his nomination papers on Wednesday from Mokama meeting constituency as an RJD candidate. His spouse Neelam Devi is contesting from the identical constituency as an Independent candidate. Mr. Singh had gained from Mokama constituency in 2015 from jail. He had gained from the identical constituency in 2005 and 2010 as JD(U) candidate.
The BJP had on Tuesday introduced an inventory of 27 candidates for the primary part of ballot, together with 16 from the higher caste, three from the Yadav caste and three from EBC. The RJD has introduced 41 candidates, largely from the Yadav caste. The Congress introduced 21 names, giving the very best quantity, 14, to the higher castes, 4 to SC, two to the Backward Class and one to the Muslim group.
BJP leaders be part of LJP
Meanwhile, senior BJP leaders Rameshwar Chourasia and Usha Vidyarthi joined the Lok Janshakti Party on Wednesday, triggering speculations that the LJP is contesting the upcoming ballot as a “proxy” for the BJP.
Earlier, State BJP vice-president and former senior RSS functionary Rajendra Singh too joined the LJP and is about to contest from Dinara constituency in opposition to JD(U) candidate and Minister in the Nitish Kumar Cabinet Jai Kumar Singh. LJP sources advised The Hindu that many extra BJP leaders had been in contact with the occasion. “We will form BJP-LJP government in Bihar…just wait some more days,” stated an LJP chief over telephone from Delhi.