NEW DELHI, Sept 14 (IANS): The National Democratic Alliance on Monday finalised the seat-sharing arrangement for the Bihar assembly elections, with the BJP keeping the lion's share of 160 seats and leaving 83 for its allies LJP, RLSP and HAM.
The maximum of 40 seats were given to Ram Vilas Paswan's Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), followed by 23 seats to Upendra Kushwaha's Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) and 20 seats to former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi's Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM).
Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah announced the seat-sharing agreement at a press conference here following consensus after Manjhi again met him at his residence on Monday morning.
Shah said that as per the agreement, some HAM candidates will fight on BJP tickets.
Paswan, Manjhi and Kushwaha were also present at the press meet.
Shah ruled out any differences among the NDA partners over seat-sharing and expressed confidence of winning two-thirds majority in the state.
"There is no differences among us over seat-sharing. We will fight the election under the leadership of (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi ji and hoping to win two-thirds majority," he said.
Before announcing the seat-sharing deal, Shah held parleys on Monday morning with Manjhi, who was reported to be extremely upset with allotment of seats to his HAM.
On the issue of the chief ministerial candidate, Shah said it will be decided after the polls.
"We will contest the polls under Modi ji's leadership and as far as the chief ministerial candidate is concerned, it will be decided by NDA MLAs after the polls," Shah said.
Shah also slammed Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for allying with the Congress and Lalu Prasad's Rashtriya Janata Dal.