The BJP and LJP went a step further in sealing an alliance in Bihar as the two sides got down to the process of negotiations on seat-sharing on Monday.
The alliance is likely to be finalised in a day or two, a BJP leader involved in the talks said after leaders of both parties met in the evening. While the LJP is understood to be seeking around a dozen of the 40 seats in the state, the BJP is inclined to part with around six. These issues will be discussed over the next two days, the party leader said.
Indications that the tie-up between the old allies may be revived became evident in the morning when LJP's parliamentary board chairman Chirag Paswan said the BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, the reason for the party snapping ties with BJP, was not an issue. "When the Special Investigation Team has given Modi a clean chit, there should be no debate. We should respect the court verdict (on 2002 Gujarat riots)," he said.
However, both Paswan and BJP leaders officially maintained that the alliance had not been finalised yet.
LJP will soon hold a meeting of its Parliamentary board to discuss the strategy for the upcoming polls. "I want to clarify that there are no ongoing talks as of now between the LJP and BJP. But the Congress-RJD-LJP alliance has been taking a lot of time. We have been in touch with RJD as well as senior Congress leaders but none of the parties are giving any indications," Paswan told dna.