A powerful lobby in the BJP feels that it may not be good to surrender more than 70 or 80 seats to its allies including the LJP, RLSP and HAM.

Earlier this year, BJP president Amit Shah announced his party wanted to win 185 of the 243 assembly seats on its own strength. Although some BJP leaders are more flexible and are ready to part with more seats, the allies may not have their way, the sources said.

On the other side, the RJD and the ruling JDU  have decided to contest 100 seats each, leaving 40 to the Congress and three to the NCP.

But BJP allies, the LJP, the RLSP and the HAM are putting pressure on the BJP for more seats.

LJP chief and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan's son Chirag Paswan met the BJP president on Friday in New Delhi to discuss seat sharing. According to sources in the LJP, the party wants to put up candidates in 54 seats.

Earlier, the LJP staked claim to 75 seats. Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha led RLSP wants to contest not less than 40 seats and the HAM of former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi is eying not less than 30 seats.

In a bid to widen its social support base in caste ridden Bihar politics, the BJP is determined to make as many new friends as possible.


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