The opposition Mahagathbandhan in Bihar has finalised its seat sharing arrangement for the Lok Sabha elections and it will be announced at a joint show of the constituent parties on March 17 in Patna.
“There is no problem in the opposition alliance. There is, in fact, good coordination among us. We had a meeting yesterday from 12 noon to 8:30 pm, in which we had a detailed and healthy discussion on all the 40 seats,” said Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil, who is in charge of party affairs in Bihar.
The seat sharing arrangement and which party will contest which seat would be announced in Patna on March 17, he said.
According to sources, under the arrangement that has been finalised after a marathon meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday, the RJD will contest 20 seats while the Congress has been allocated 11 seats.
The RLSP will get three seats and Kiran Ram Manjhi's HAM will contest two seats. Mukesh Saini's VIP party, Sharad Yadav's LJD, the CPI and the CPI(ML) will get one seat each.
The seat sharing formula has been worked out after protracted consultations among the parties. The Congress indulged in tough bargaining, managing to get 11 seats in the end. The RJD had contested 27 out of the 40 seats on offer in the state in the Lok Sabha polls in 2014. The Congress had in the previous election fought on 12 seats.