Bharatiya Janata Party inks 7-seat deal with Ram Vilas Paswan's LJP

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Updated: Feb 26 2014, 19:49pm hrs
PaswanBharatiya Janata Party shocks 'secular establishment', says inks deal with LJP's Ram Vilas Paswan. PTI
Sending shockwaves through the political spectrum, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has struck a deal with LJP's Ram Vilas Paswan in Bihar. The LJP will get seven seats, including the coveted Hajipur, Samastipur and Jamui to contest. The formal announcement is likely anytime.

Top LJP sources said LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan spoke to BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi and finalised the alliance. It is learnt that BJP agreed to give Hajipur, Samastipur, Jamui, Vaishali, Begisarai, Munger and Khagaria.

Though LJP had insisted on getting Ara seat in the list of seven, BJP did not concede because former home secretary RK Singh may contest from Ara.

On Tuesday, amid indications of a tie-up with Bharatiya Janata Party for Lok Sabha polls, Ram Vilas Paswan's LJP had called a meeting to take a final call on the issue.

LJP Parliamentary Board was unhappy with the delay in firming up seat-sharing arrangement with Congress and RJD.

Chirag Paswan, son of LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan, who also heads the Parliamentary Board, has already said there is "distress" in LJP over the way the seat-sharing issue has been dragging with Congress and RJD.

Party sources said LJP has developed a trust deficit with RJD chief Lalu Prasad. LJP fears that RJD could field dummy candidates in some seats spared for it as was done last time, they said.

Several BJP leaders have met Chirag. Talk is that Bharatiya Janata Party has offered seven seats to LJP, which is pressing for nine seats in Bihar.

BJP MP Shahnawaz Hussain had called on LJP chief a few days back while senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad had visited Paswan on January 14 on the day of Makar Sankranti.

LJP sources said a final decision on the alliance issue with Bharatiya Janata Party is expected to be announced today.