BJPs RS loss may take Paswan to NDA in Bihar

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi, Mar 30 | Updated: Mar 31 2008, 06:45am hrs
The calculated move to not field a second candidate in the recently held Rajya Sabha elections in Bihar resulted in BJP losing an additional seat in the Upper House and Ramvilas Paswans LJP turning into a prospective NDA partner in the state.

There were five vacancies from the state and JD(U) had two clear seats. The BJP and the RJD had one each. This left the fifth one up for grabs, providing an equal opportunity to both ruling NDA and opposition UPA,provided who managed the Independents votes better. With 31 surplus votes in NDAs kitty, a BJP candidate was almost sure to romp home. For securing victory, a total of 40 votes were required, where the ruling alliance had enlisted support from seven Independent and two SP MLAs.