Bihar Elections: Political Picture From The Eyes Of Chirag Paswan

The LJP is looking to fight the polls on 143 seats of the total 243 in Bihar, presenting Chirag Paswan as an alternative to CM and JDU head Nitish Kumar.

Jessica David

October 6, 2020

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The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) announced that it will go solo in the upcoming election scheduled from October 28. The Chirag Paswan-led party, however, reiterated that their differences are with the JDU and not the BJP. Party’s old guard Ram Vilas Paswan has a history of leaving and stepping back from an alliance, be it UPA or NDA (National Democratic Alliance). So, what are the implications of this decision by Chirag Paswan? Is there a mere ideological difference or dissatisfaction over seat-sharing? What is the message to JDU? What is the future of LJP?

Bihar seems to witness a multi-corner contest in the assembly elections as Chirag Paswan is positioning himself as the kingmaker and preparing his father Ram Vilas Paswan-led LJP to leave the NDA in the state. The LJP is looking to fight the polls on 143 seats of the total 243 in Bihar, presenting Chirag Paswan as an alternative to Chief Minister and Janata Dal (United) head Nitish Kumar for the future. But the party will not contest against its NDA partner Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on any seat to ensure smooth relations at the Centre.

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