Patna : Seat-sharing formula for the 2019 general elections has been finalised by the NDA constituents in Bihar. According to preliminary understanding reached between the BJP and JD-U for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the BJP is likely to get the lion’s share of 20 out of the 40 Lok Sabha seats and the rest going to its allies including the JD-U, LJP and the RLSP, party leaders said on Thursday.

Although a formal announcement in this regard is yet to be made, a senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said: “BJP would contest 20 seats, JD-U 12, LJP five, RLSP two and a splinter group of RLSP one seat.”

In the last Lok Sabha polls, the BJP had contested from 30 seats in Bihar and won 22, while its allies Lok Janshakti party (LJP) won six seats and the Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) bagged three.

The seat-sharing was finalised following pressure from the BJP allies, who had been demanding a clear picture about which party will contest how many seats in the 2019 general elections.

The BJP is expected to replace some of its sitting MPs, including Shatrughan Sinha eleccted from Patna Saheb, Kirti Azad from Darbhanga, Bhola Singh from Begusarai, Hukumdeo Narain Yadav from Madhubani, Chhedi Paswan from Sasaram as they had been critical of both the central and state BJP leadership. Some of them are too old, party sources said.

The LJP is also to drop two of its sitting MPs – Rama Singh from Vaishali and Ms Veena Devi from Munger as they had criticised both Ramvilas Paswsan and his son Chirag Paswan on several occasions. Both of them are considered Bahubalis (strongmen/women) in Bihar politics. Three out of six sitting LJP MPs are family members of Paswan.

Talking about the seat sharing, state JD-U president,Bashistha Narain Singh said there had been several rounds of talks between BJP and JDU leaders and a preliminary formula has been agreed upon.

BJP would give two seats each to JD-U in neighbouring Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh too, he hoped.

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