Conflicts in the Bihar have increased due to seat sharing between National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and Nitish Kumar Led Janata Dal-United in the coming Lok Sabha elections. Nitish Kumar’s Janta Dal-United (JDU) has asked to divide the seats between the four ally parties of the NDA on the basis of the results of 2015 Bihar Assembly elections. JDU had performed much better than BJP in 2015 assembly elections. The BJP and its two allies – LJP and RLSP – are not expected to agree on the demand of JDU seat sharing issue. JDU leaders claimed that the 2015 assembly election was the advanced power test in Bihar and its results in the seat-sharing for general elections cannot be ignored. However, No other NDA allies haven’t been demanding seats yet, instead of JDU, who is now demanding 25 seats.
In the 2014 general elections, BJP won 22 out of 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar, while LJP and RLSP got six and three seats respectively. JDU was a BJP ally till 2013. At that time he was an indisputably senior alliance partner in the state. He always contested together with BJP in Lok Sabha and Assembly Elections. In the Lok Sabha elections, JDU contested on 25 while BJP contested on 15 seats. However, the BJP’s strong victory in 2014 has changed the equations and entry of other parties in the NDA means that the old equation is no longer relevant.
In Bihar assembly elections of 2015, JDU won 71 seats in the 243-member assembly, while BJP had won 53 and LJP-RLSP seized two-two seats respectively. At that time JD-U was in allies with, RJD and Congress, but last year he joined NDA after breaking the ties with these two parties and formed a government with the BJP in the state.
Terming JDU’s plea as “unrealistic”, a BJP leader said that different parties do such a move before the elections. He claimed that JDU had benefited from the alliance with Lalu Prasad Yadav led RJD in 2015. The actual status of Nitish’s party can be calculated from the 2014 Lok Sabha elections when he fought alone and won only two seats out of 40. In most of the seats, the security of its candidates was seized.