BJP initiates talks with allies for Bihar polls

New Delhi June 11 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday initiated formal talks with its allies in view of the upcoming assembly polls in Bihar.

BJP president Amit Shah held a meeting with Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) president and minister of state for human resource development Upendra Kushwaha.

The meeting was also attended by union minister Dharmendra Pradhan and the general secretary in-charge of Bihar, Bhupendra Yadav.

After the 45-minute meeting, Kushwaha told reporters that initial-level talks have begun between the NDA allies in Bihar.

“Election strategy was discussed in the meeting. There was no talk on seat sharing as there is no rigidity from any side. It will be finalised soon. We will fight Bihar elections together,” said Kushwaha.

Sources said a discussion over projection of the chief ministerial candidate was also discussed in the meeting.

Kushwaha, whose party won three of the four Lok Sabha seats allotted in the 2014 general elections, has demanded 60 seats in the assembly polls.

“Election for 24 seats of MLC is due in Bihar. We have demanded three seats and hope to get two. This could form the basis for seat-sharing for assembly elections too,” a close aide of Kushwaha told IANS.

Kushwaha will convene the national executive of the RLSP on June 20-21 to chalk out their election strategy.

Former Chief Minister Jeetan Ram Manjhi is in the capital and is expected to meet Amit Shah on Friday evening.

Shah is also expected to meet union minister and Lok Janshaki Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan in the coming days.

Manjhi launched the Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) after being expelled from the Janata Dal-United (JD-U).

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