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Bihar Polls: NDA seat sharing to be finalised today

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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

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PATNA: Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has finally sorted out the seat sharing issues with its allies and is likely to release the blueprint for the upcoming Bihar assembly elections, news reports claimed.

Sources suggests that during a meeting on September 11, BJP President Amit Shah has successfully convinced its allies, including Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), for sharing seats based on individual influence. LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan is said to have agreed to the formula, coming down from his earlier demand of 40 seats.

Among other BJP partners, Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustan Awam Morcha and Upendra Kushwaha’s Rashtriya Lok Samta Party have been vocal about whatever the BJP chief will decide,  they will agree upon. According to TV reports, the seat sharing deal with these two parties has already been finalised.

Keeping around 160 seats in its pocket, BJP is planning to share rest of the 243 seats with its allies. Before the official announcement, Amit Shah is likely to hold meetings with all the MPs and top BJP leaders.

Following a simple formula of sharing, BJP wants to keep maximum number of seats so that they can have a chance of gaining comfortable majority of 122 seats on its own. Sources also indicates that BJP is worried about the mega-coalition’s drive which can sweep a large number of seats. In that case, if BJP gains majority, and Nitish-Lalu’s coalition gets second most seats, then it will be tough for BJP to get its allies on board.

In convincing all the allies for Bihar polls, union minister Ananth Kumar has been the chief negotiator where he worked hard on toning their demands and persuaded them to settle for least number of seats.

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Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Now Keen to Develop Young Leaders

The first camp in this regard will be held in Jhansi

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The RSS will be holding camps in Uttar Pradesh to discuss ways to identify and groom young leaders. Pixabay

With most senior leaders in the BJP having retired from active politics, the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) is now looking towards building a new leadership. Later this month, the RSS will be holding camps in Uttar Pradesh to discuss ways to identify and groom young leaders.

According to a senior RSS functionary in Lucknow, the first camp in this regard will be held in Jhansi, possibly on June 29 and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat will be attending it. Another camp is scheduled to be held in Lucknow.

“After Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, there seems to be a dearth of second rung leadership in the bhBJP. There is a need to develop leadership that will carry forward the work initiated by these two leaders.

“Rajnath Singh is a senior leader, but his age is 67. He would have crossed 70 by the time the next general elections are held in 2024. We have to identify and inculcate leadership qualities in the younger lot,” the functionary said.

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The Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) is now looking towards building a new leadership. Pixabay

He further said that identifying young talent that could be groomed for greater responsibilities was a continuous process in the organisation and it never stopped.

“It is not a sudden decision but the RSS leadership always has a vision for the future and thinks ahead. We keep finding young people with leadership skills,” the functionary added.

Earlier this month, the RSS chief had underlined the need for checking misuse of power at a four-day camp that he addressed in Kanpur.

“Those getting elected in a democratic set-up have immense power, but this does not mean that it should be misused. If the government falters at any point of time, the Sangh will give it advice and suggestions with a positive point of view,” he had said.

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The RSS chief had also discussed the topics of nationalism, social equality and service in his interaction with over 600 volunteers. He also focused on qualitative development of the Sangh volunteers and apprised them of his views on dedication towards society.

The RSS leadership is also expected to come to Lucknow for a separate camp at the end of this month. In Lucknow, the RSS leaders will pay homage to senior journalist Rajnath Singh Surya, who passed away earlier this month. Surya was also a senior RSS functionary.

Officially, however, the RSS office bearers said that they had yet to receive any programme of Bhagwat and said that such camps were a ‘routine affair’. (IANS)