MARKING THE run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the BJP reached out to pacify key ally Lok Janshakti Party led by Ram Vilas Paswan on the same day that former ally Upendra Kushwaha\u2019s Rashtriya Lok Samata Party officially crossed over to the Opposition\u2019s grand alliance. As Kushwaha joined the Congress-RJD-led \u201cmahagathbandhan\u201d at the AICC headquarters in the presence of Congress\u2019s Ahmed Patel, RJD\u2019s Tejashwi Yadav, Sharad Yadav and Jitan Ram Manjhi, top leaders of the BJP held talks with Union Minister Paswan and his son Chirag Paswan. While Kushwaha\u2019s move was on expected lines after his repeated complaints over not getting an adequate number of seats to contest from in the Lok Sabha elections in Bihar, Chirag Paswan had expressed unease on Tuesday over the delay in finalising the seat-sharing formula for the state. In a flurry of political activity, BJP general secretary and Bihar in-charge Bhupender Yadav reached Paswan\u2019s residence to meet the two LJP leaders. After 30 minutes, the three went to BJP president Amit Shah\u2019s residence together where they were joined by finance minister Arun Jaitley. Earlier in the day, Shah, Jaitley, and Yadav had held a closed-door meeting in Jaitley\u2019s chamber in Parliament. Reacting to the day\u2019s developments, sources in the Congress indicated that the doors of the grand alliance \u201care not shut for Paswan\u201d. They said Kushwaha\u2019s RLSP is likely to be given three to four seats. \u201cPaswan seems to be indulging in pressure tactics, but he will face some problems as our assessment is that Dalits are upset in Bihar. So it is beneficial for him to switch sides. But there is an ego problem between Tejashwi (Yadav) and Chirag (Paswan). There is also a bigger, and older, ego tussle between Ram Vilas and (JDU chief) Nitish Kumar,\u201d a senior Congress leader told The Indian Express. Welcoming Kushwaha to the alliance, Tejashwi told reporters: \u201cTalks are on to forge a grand alliance at the national level. So I think everyone should sacrifice their egos as much as possible in the interest of the nation and to save the Constitution and the country and we are doing that.\u201d Speaking to The Indian Express, AICC general secretary in charge of Bihar Shaktisinh Gohil said: \u201cThis is an alliance of hearts and ideologies. There is no problem with regard to seat-sharing. We will decide on who will contest in which seat on the basis of winnability.\u201d Sources said the alliance partners will meet in the first week of January to take stock. Kushwaha reiterated the essence of his resignation letter to the Prime Minister and said that \u201cpeople tried to weaken me and my party.bring down the number of seats. Then, Nitish Kumar joined. He wanted to finish me and the forces in Delhi joined him\u201d.