A maximum of 40 seats was likely to go to Ram Vilas Paswan's Lok Janshakti Party, followed by 20 seats to Upendra Kushwaha's Rashtriya Lok Samta Party, and 13 seats to former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi's Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular), according to informed sources.

Sources said the offer has not gone down well with Kushwaha and Manjhi, though they have publicly refrained from conveying their unhappiness. Union minister Ananth Kumar, who is election in-charge of Bihar, held meetings with Kushwaha and Manjhi separately at his official residence here on Thursday and discussed the seat-sharing formula.

The meetings were also attended by the Bharatiya Janata Party's general secretary in-charge of Bihar Bhupendra Yadav. According to sources, the BJP has decided a broad formula in which each party will have 6-7 assembly seats in its share for every parliamentary constituency in its kitty.

However, this was opposed by Manjhi as his party has no parliament member, and pitched for seats as per numbers in the present assembly. Manjhi has 13 MLAs whereas Paswan has no members in the assembly.

As per the formula, the BJP, which has 22 MPs in Bihar, was likely to get around 170 seats. Paswan's LJP with six MPs was likely to get around 40 seats and Kushwaha's RLSP with three MPs was likely to get around 20 seats.

The BJP has offered 13 seats to Manjhi as his party has 13 MLAs. Sources said Kushwaha and Manjhi on Thursday got irked with the number of seats offered to them. However, they avoided to air their views in public.

Polls to the 243-member Bihar assembly will be held in five phases starting on October 12 and ending on November 5. Counting of votes will take place on November 8.

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