NEW DELHI: Trouble is brewing in the opposition’s grand alliance in Bihar as there is no clarity on seat-sharing between the Congress and its regional partner Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) even though the two parties plan to contest the forthcoming general elections together.
The Congress, RJD and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP), the alliance partners, are expected to meet in the first week of February to discuss seat-sharing arrangements for the 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar.
“Congress and RJD have to decide on the seat-sharing. Congress is demanding 12 seats but the RJD is not keen. The meeting on seat-sharing arrangement is expected to happen after the 3 February public meeting in Patna which has been called by Congress," said a senior leader who is involved in the talks.
Senior leaders of the RJD and RLSP said the former, led by Lalu Prasad, is expected to contest at least 20-22 seats while the remaining seats would be distributed between the Congress, RLSP, and former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi.
“The two senior parties Congress and RJD have to reach an agreement; smaller parties of the grand alliance are ready to adjust," the leader added.