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BJP, Nitish Kumar’s party stitch together an alliance on these terms

Ahead of the state elections, the ruling BJP is busy stitching coalitions for the national election to be held next year.

The BJP went ahead and announced that they and Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal United will contest the same number of seats in Bihar in the 2019 general elections.

Both the parties have sealed the deal for now.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and BJP chief Amit Shah made the announcement after a meeting in New Delhi.

It was also decided that parties of Upendra Kushwaha and Ram Vilas Paswan will continue in the coalition.

Nitish Kumar – whose party won only two seats in 2014 after a split with the BJP – had long demanded parity on seats with the BJP, which won 22 seats.

In September, Mr Kumar said an “honourable agreement” has been reached and a formal announcement will be made later.

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