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Upendra Kushwaha demands respectable number of seats from BJP to fight in Bihar; holds talks with Paswan

The BJP, the LJP and the RLSP had contested 30, seven and three seats of the 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar in 2014 and won 22, six and three of them respectively.

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New Delhi Updated on: October 30, 2018 22:26 IST
Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP)

Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha

Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha met Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) general secretary Bhupendra Yadav and said he was ready to follow BJP president Amit Shah's call asking allies to "sacrifice" their number of Lok Sabha seats in Bihar.

Asserting his demands, RLSP chief said he wanted a "respectable" number of seats to fight in the state. 

Kushwaha also held talks with Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president Ram Vilas Paswan on Tuesday. Both the leaders are believed to have deliberated on the seat-sharing arrangement with the BJP in Bihar for the Lok Sabha elections.

 
His meeting with RJD's Tejashwi Yadav last week had sparked speculation over his future course of action.

Kushwaha made it clear that a final seat-sharing deal has not been clinched yet but dropped hints to suggest he may remain part of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

The BJP, the LJP and the RLSP had contested 30, seven and three seats of the 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar in 2014 and won 22, six and three of them respectively.

However, the entry of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal (United) into the NDA fold means that a new arrangement will have to be made.

Shah had announced last week that the BJP and JD(U) will fight on equal number of seats in the state. 

( With inputs from PTI )

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