Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) on Sunday announced that it will not contest the Bihar assembly elections under the leadership of Nitish Kumar’s JD(U). However, they have not ruled out the possibility of forming a BJP-LJP government in the state.
The decision was taken in a meeting of the LJP parliamentary board in Delhi today.
Stressing on the party’s motto- ‘Bihar first-Bihari first, LJP’s National General Secretary Abdul Khaliq said that due to the ideological differences at the state-level with the JDU, the LJP has decided to fight the assembly elections separately.”
According to an official party release, “After the state elections, LJP MLAs will join the BJP to form the government. There is no bitterness between LJP and BJP, but ideological differences with JD(U).”
LJP also said that while it would field candidates against JD(U), it would not do so in seats where the BJP is contesting.
The elections to elect 243-member Bihar assembly will take place in three phases. The first phase of elections will be held on October 28, the second phase of elections will be held on November 3 and the last phase of elections will be held on November 7. The counting of votes will take place on November 10.