New Delhi: In a bid to consolidate its vote bank in Uttar Pradesh, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) held meeting with its alliance partners prior to taking a final decision on the distribution of tickets to the prospective candidates for the upcoming assembly polls in the state.

The BJP for the first time on Tuesday held discussions with Janata Dal (United) and other smaller parties of the Poorvanchal region over the distribution of seats. The party is likely to allocate 40 assembly seats to its old partner. 

Notably, in the last assembly elections both the parties had alliance under which JD(U) fielded its 42 contestants. However, the stronghold of the party has decreased in the wake of delimitation of constituencies. 

According to sources, JD(U) state General Secretary C Tyagi put forth his proposal for 40 seats. It was also decided that the Janata Dal will contest elections on its party symbol while small scale parties will field their candidates on the BJP symbol.

In the last assembly polls, the tie up between the BJP and the JD(U) was on the verge of collapse when much hue and cry was made over the Urai seat.