Jamui (Bihar): BJP ally Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) on Wednesday expressed its desire to contest elections in Uttar Pradesh and outlined that a step in this direction can benefit the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
While replying to media queries, LJP leader Chirag Paswan said: “We already have finalised the seat sharing arrangement for Bihar. I would like that LJP should also fight the upcoming Lok Sabha election in Uttar Pradesh. We have a vote base there and we would want that NDA should get benefitted from it. We want that all NDA parties should fight election together in Uttar Pradesh.”
Maintaining that his party always had a strong vote base in Uttar Pradesh, he added, “Once we had 16-17 MLAs from Uttar Pradesh. This time we didn’t fight the assembly election in Uttar Pradesh as we honestly fulfilled our responsibility of being an ally. All LJP cadres supported the NDA candidate in Uttar Pradesh and we didn’t fight the assembly elections”.
On December 23, BJP president Amit Shah had announced that Ram Vilas Paswan led LJP will contest on six seats in Bihar.
Shah had also informed that his party would contest on 17 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar, while an equal number of seats will go to the Janata Dal-United.