Announcement of seat-sharing between BJP, JD-U soon

Seat-sharing talks between BJP and Janta Dal (United) for Bihar assembly elections has been nearly finalised and a formal announcement is likely in a day or two.

New Delhi: Seat-sharing talks between BJP
and Janta Dal (United) for Bihar assembly elections has been
nearly finalised and a formal announcement is likely in a day
or two.

"Elections are round the corner in Bihar. Talks are in
progress between the two parties in matter of seat sharing and
a broad agreement has been reached. It has been discussed
today and a decision is expected tomorrow. An announcement is
likely in a day or two," JD-U chief Sharad Yadav told
reporters at a press conference.

In the 243-member Bihar Assembly, the ruling parties JD-U
and BJP have 81 and 54 seats respectively. RJD is the second
largest party with 56 seats. Ramvilas Paswan-led LJP has 12
seats and Congress has 10.

JD-U had contested 138 seats in the last assembly
election in October 2005, leaving 103 for BJP. The two parties
had friendly contest on two seats.

Asked what number of seats each party would contest,
Yadav said the "old arrangement would continue" but added that
there will be swapping of few seats held by each party keeping
in mind winnability profile of the candidates in a particular

Sources in the party said the seat-sharing talks between
the two parties are being held at the level of state
leadership at present after which the central leaders will
together make the announcement.

There were strains in the relationship between the two
parties recently over the issue of Narendra Modi campaigning
in Bihar elections with BJP making a flip flop over the issue
and a JDU MP demanding reconsideration of the alliance.

Earlier in June also the parties have sparred over
posters of Narendra Modi and Nitish Kumar holding hands being
put up in Patna during BJP`s national executive after which an
angry Kumar had returned the flood relief money given by

Yadav, however, downplayed talks of differences between
the two parties saying these issue have come to an end.

Yadav, who is also the convener of BJP-led NDA, issued an
appeal to the people to respect "whatever verdict the court"
gives on Ayodhya issue and urged them to "oppose all those who
create troubles" on the issue.

Asked whether he is sure that VHP and Bajrang Dal will
not create troubles if the court judgement does not go as per
their wish, Yadav said, "whoever they are. I do not want to
take names but it is not proper to create tension in the
society on this issue."

Asked about the VHP-sponsored Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas`
demand for a legislation to resolve the issue and build a
temple at the site, Yadav said, "JD-U believes that a solution
to the issue can come only either through mutual understanding
or a court verdict. We do not support any other way except
these two."

On Kashmir, he said the killing of youths in the Valley
in police firing is a matter of concern and appealed to the
people of the state to seek a solution to the problem through

"The entire country shares their concern and is committed
to solve their problems. A way out will come only through
talks," Yadav said, adding he is already in touch with people
of the state and had discussions the issue with former state
Chief Minister and PDP leader Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.

Former MP and party general secretary K C Tyagi will
represent JD-U in the all-party delegation to Jammu and

Yadav was talking to reporters after inaugurating a new
version of his party`s website ahead of the Bihar assembly

Party leaders said the website will enable them to remain
in touch with people round-the-clock in the crucial election
months so that they can act and interact on key issues.