'Like backstabbing': Denied seat in alliance deal, VIP's Mukesh Sahni storms out of Bihar Mahagathbandhan's PC

Vikassheel Insaan Party's (VIP) Mukesh Sahni on Saturday announced his decision to quit the RJD-led Grand Alliance after his party was denied a share in the deal announced by other constituents.

Sahni, who was present at the press conference with leaders of the RJD and the Congress said it was akin ot backstabbing.

"What is happening with us right now is somewhere backstabbing. I am going out of this alliance and will address media tomorrow," Sahni said as he stormed out of the event.

Bihar's opposition Grand Alliance announced the seat-sharing deal for the upcoming assembly elections in the state with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) set to contest 144 seats.

The Congress will contest on 70 of the 243 seats while CPM, CPI and CPI (ML) will contest 4, 6 and 19 seats respectively, Grand Alliance's chief ministerial candidate Tejashwi Yadav said.

"All components of UPA have decided to come together as coalition for the Bihar Assembly elections. Congress, RJD, CPI, CPM & Vikassheel Insaan Party will be part of this alliance under leadership of RJD. We want Bihar to prosper under Tejashwi Yadav," Congress leader Avinash Pandey said.

Voting for Bihar assembly elections will be held in three phases on October 28, November 3 and November 7, followed by counting of votes on November 10.

The ruling NDA in the politically-crucial state will face a challenge from the RJD-Congress alliance. While the BJP-JD(U) alliance and the Congress-RJD combine are firmly in place, LJP and some other regional parties have kept their options open.

In the outgoing assembly, the RJD has 80 members while the JD (U) has 69. The BJP has 54 seats, Congress has 25, while the remaining seats in the 243-member assembly are held by other parties.

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