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Seat-sharing agreement sealed by Bihar's INDIA Bloc: RJD secures 26 Seats, Congress 9

Written by  Annesha Barua -- March 29th 2024 01:46 PM
Seat-sharing agreement sealed by Bihar's INDIA Bloc: RJD secures 26 Seats, Congress 9

Seat-sharing agreement sealed by Bihar's INDIA Bloc: RJD secures 26 Seats, Congress 9

PTC News Desk: The Opposition's INDIA bloc has finalised the seat-sharing arrangement for the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha elections in Bihar, with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) securing 26 seats, the Congress 9 seats, and the Left to contest on five seats.

This decision was reached following negotiations within the INDIA bloc, culminating in a formal agreement for the distribution of seats among its constituent parties. Under this arrangement, the RJD will field candidates in 26 constituencies, including prominent areas like Purnea and Hajipur. Meanwhile, the Congress party will contest in nine seats, which include key constituencies such as Kishanganj and Patna Sahib. Additionally, the Left parties will vie for victory in five constituencies.

The announcement of this seat-sharing pact follows recent assurances from RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, who dispelled rumors of discord between his party and the Congress. Yadav affirmed that discussions had been fruitful, leading to a mutual understanding on seat allocation. He further stated that an official announcement regarding this agreement would be made shortly in Patna.

Tejashwi Yadav actively participated in a meeting organised by the INDIA bloc to discuss Bihar's seat-sharing formula. The meeting, hosted at Congress leader Mukul Wasnik's residence in Patna, served as a platform for consensus-building among the alliance members. Yadav reiterated that the RJD, Congress, and Left parties would collectively contest the Lok Sabha elections in Bihar, underscoring the unity within the INDIA bloc.

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While Yadav expressed satisfaction with the oral agreement on seat distribution, his remarks come amidst reports of discontent within the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) in Bihar. Some concerns have been raised over the perceived unilateral decisions made by the RJD regarding candidate nominations in certain constituencies, which reportedly displeased the Congress.

Nevertheless, with the seat-sharing deal now sealed, the focus shifts to the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections in Bihar, where the INDIA bloc aims to present a united front to challenge the ruling party. The agreement reflects a strategic consolidation of opposition forces, signaling their intent to contest the electoral battle collectively.

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(Inputs from agencies)



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