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NDA seat sharing in Bihar: Has the BJP weakened due to recent Assembly election losses?
I don't know why the media spreads misinformation. For example, regarding the seat sharing of NDA partners in Bihar for the upcoming 2019 general election, it said that because of the BJP's recent loss in three Assembly elections the allies have been armed with tough bargaining power. That's why the seat arrangements of 17-17-6 between the BJP, JD(U) and the LJP is seen as weakness of BJP.

In 2014, because JD(U) exited from NDA, the BJP had to ally with the LJP and RLSP, thus the BJP won around 23 seats. Frankly speaking, NDA's such win was due to fact that the UPA and JD(U) fought separately. Had they fought in an alliance, the BJP wouldn't have won so many seats. In Bihar Assembly election 2015, it's proved. If there will be no alliance between JDU and BJP as a result of which if JDU allies with UPA, then also BJP and NDA will be loser. Not to forget that BJP-JDU are a fantastic alliance which won 32 seats in 2009 compared to 31 seats in 2014.

Did BJP gave in to JDU's demand? Let's see this also. BJP and JDU are old allies. In 2004 JDU contested in 24 seats and BJP contested in 16 seats. In 2009, JDU contested in 25 seats whereas BJP contested in 15 seats. Had JDU remained in NDA during 2014, it would have contested in 25 seats as the major partner and BJP would have contested in 15 seats.

Now LJP became BJP's partner since 2014. LJP is more ally to BJP than to JDU. Thus JDU either could have struck to its old seat sharing formula asking BJP to accommodate LJP in their quota of 15 seats. But then the agreement was that JDU will contest in 17 seats (instead of 25), BJP will contest in 17 seats (instead of 15) and LJP will contest in six seats. (Technically LJP's loyalty will be towards BJP). That means in revised seat share arrangement JDU contested in 17 seats whereas BJP has got 23 seats out of which six seats were accommodated by BJP. It's almost reverse than the seat arrangements during 2004 and 2009. That way at least JDU didn't claim that they are major partner in Bihar in upcoming 2019 general election.

Thus who had the upper hand in bargaining? When some media gives such views, they should also go through the facts.

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