In the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the BJP and JD(U) are once contesting elections together in Bihar. Both the parties are contesting 17 seats each, leaving six seats for Lok Janshakti Party (LJP).
The battle in Bihar will be among those most keenly watched as the Lok Sabha elections 2019 kick off to elect a new government in power. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s bid for a second term has turned into a battle of prestige for the BJP as well as NItish Kumar who dumped the alliance with Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress. The elections will see BJP and the Janata Dal (United) reunite for the first time after 2010 when the state went to polls to elect a new Assembly. The alliance had secured 206 seats in 243 chairs House. Before this, they had contested the 2009 Lok Sabha elections in a partnership to win 32 of the 40 parliamentary seats.
The BJP and JD(U) are often considered natural allies but JD(U) quit the NDA way back in 2013 when BJP declared Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate. As expected, when Nitish Kumar formed the government in 2015 in Bihar with support from arch-rival Lalu Prasad Yadav’s RJD, the BJP upped its ante against him and his government as it went on a fierce campaign highlighting the corruption charges against RJD leaders and return of goondaraj. As a result, Nitish dissolved the government and joined the ranks with its BJP to form government.
In the upcoming elections to the Lok Sabha, the BJP and JD(U) are once contesting elections together. The parties are contesting 17 seats each, leaving Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) of Ram Vilas Paswan, a prominent Dalit leader in Bihar, six seats.
Below is the list of constituencies the JD(U) will contest:
1. Valmiki Nagar
The elections in Bihar will be held in seven phases between April 11 and May 19. Results will be declared on May 23.