Chirag Paswan's LJP decides to go solo on 50 seats, deserts BJP
The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), which is a member of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), will fight elections alone on 50 assembly seats in Jharkhand.
Newly-appointed LJP president Chirag Paswan made it clear on Twitter that the party will contest alone in the Jharkhand Assembly elections to be held five phases from November 30 to December 20.
The last decision to contest elections in Jharkhand was to be taken by the state unit. The Lok Janshakti Party Jharkhand state unit has decided that the party will contest 50 seats alone. The first list of party candidates will be announced by this evening, he said.
The fresh development is another jolt for the Bharatiya Janata Party, which failed to form the government in Maharashtra as its ally Shiv Sena remained adamant on its 50:50 formula demand.
Chirag Paswan made it clear that the party is not satisfied with the BJP as it failed to respond to its demand for six seats, reported The Hindu.
Paswan said he wanted the party to contest with the BJP in the upcoming elections but added that the BJP did not respond to the letter which he wrote to Amit Shah, JP Nadda and Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das.
LJP said it had demanded only six seats where the BJP had performed badly in previous elections.
Paswan even told that his party was ready to sacrifice some seats but he still did not get any response from ally BJP.
Meanwhile, the BJP suffered a massive blow in Maharashtra as its oldest ally Shiv Sena turned against it over a pre-election demand.
Shiv Sena, which won 56 seats in Maharashtra, claimed BJP had agreed to a 50-50 formula under which both allies get chief ministers from their party for an equal amount of 2.5 years.
However, the demand led to a fallout between the two allies and ultimately triggered a breakup between two of the oldest saffron allies.