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New Delhi: Just a day after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) announced a seat-sharing pact with allies for the Bihar assembly elections, Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party said on Tuesday that it was a shocker for them. Lok Janshakti Party is NDA’s biggest ally in the state.

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The LJP has been offered 40 seats. However, it claimed that the final announcement was different from what was offered to it initially.

“There are media reports about the LJP being unhappy. There is no smoke without fire. But, we are not upset. We were shocked. We have expressed our concerns to BJP chief Amit Shah and he has assured us that he will ‘honour’ them. We have no reasons to doubt him,” LJP MP Chirag Paswan told reporters.

He added, “The BJP did not inform us about the final number of seats that the LJP was getting. We did not ask for it either.”

According to a leading news daily, LJP is ‘disappointed’ with the formula that was applied in the case of Union minister Upendra Kushwaha’s Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) and the Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) of former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi. It is because the same distribution procedure of seats among these two parties was not applied to the LJP.

While the RLSP got 23 seats, HAM managed 20 seats in the alliance. The BJP had initially offered 18 seats to RLSP and 13 to HAM.

The LJP is perturbed with the fact that the BJP did not stick to the formula – for every ally – that had been agreed upon a couple of days ago and the RLSP and HAM managed to gain extra.

“We are not upset at a certain number of seats being given to Kushwaha or Manjhi. We never cared about the number of seats. But, we were disappointed in the manner in which the announcement was made,” said Chirag.

“We have given a list of such leaders (of HAM) to the BJP leadership against whom we have certain reservations. We will have a meeting to discuss these issues and our reservation stands at this point of time,” said Chirag.

After the seat-sharing announcement on Monday, Shah is learnt to have spoken to the older Paswan and sought to address his concerns. Shah also had a late night meeting with Chirag on Monday, wherein the BJP chief made a certain offer to placate the sulking LJP leaders.

Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan also drove to Paswan’s residence on Tuesday morning to avoid a crisis like situation.

(IANS)

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Greed For Power May Demolish The Democracy

Politicians compete with each other for power and this greed for power can demolish democracy

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By SALIL GEWALI

It is too disgusting that Shiv Sena is aiming for something which was nothing but an act of betrayal. Here the principles and ethos of the party are just sacrificed. The “chair” of Chief Minister is what the individual parties in Maharashtra are wanting so badly. And for this only Shiv Sena has severed its ties with its all-time ally BJP which emerged with the largest number of MLAs. Is it not the BJP with which Sena made the alliance before the election? Why so much bitter feelings after the poll result? Many past elections were fought on this mutual understanding. Sena had always taken pride and bragged about its power and clout as because the BJP was behind it. But now very contrary equation and chemistry are on display. NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena are sharing the ideas as opposed to the expectation of the whole electorate.

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Politics in India might lead to a sinking democracy.

One believes it’s Congress and its High common which Shiv Sena Supremo Late Bal Thackeray always disliked and ruthlessly held them up to ridicule. It was because they hold the opposing ideologies. But now his son Uddhav Thackeray kneeled down and sought the helping hand of those rival camps to walk the party through for the chair of Chief Minister. Going by the flood of comments on the social media, this party has ostensibly fallen from the grace. BJP is not a holy cow either. It is equally good at flexes its muscles for the power.

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While Maharashtra is already under the president rule, the NCP and Congress now exploring all possible means to back Shiv Sena.   Uddhav Thackeray only wants to see his son Aditya Thackeray being the Chief Minister of one of the riches states in the country. The trend is not at all healthy. Here everything is utterly clear that the cherished values of democracy in India are fast eroding. Majority of the states in the country, only the “particularly families” are  always standing up to rule the roost. This is a bigger threat to the fundamental values of the country.The NATION is no more controlled by the government of the people, nor is it for the people. It is the government of the particular families which is formed for the fulfillment of the low greed and narrow aspiration of those particular families. Lastly, it is the common people who are always at the receiving end of the leaders’ whims and tantrums. Phew, the country is not at all in the safe hands.

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali