Seat-sharing means an activity where two or more political parties combine together to fight elections. This is an agreement in which they agree to distribute the seats of a state among them. This year’s Bihar election will also see an incident of seat-sharing between the Bharatiya Janata Party and Janata Dal Union. Both of these parties are members of the National Democratic Alliance. The parties are the lead candidates in Bihar Legislative Assembly Election 2020. However, now, it seems that BJP has a long road ahead to establish itself in Bihar where Nitish Kumar seems on the winning side.
There is still confusion about seat-sharing
The ruling party of Bihar is Janata Dal-United and the candidate, Nitish Kumar, has genuine lovers in the state. Most of the prominent ministers in Bihar are positive that their reign will fall in Kumar’s lap, for sure. BJP knows that an alliance with JD(U) is prominent and influential for its role as well. BJP has admitted that JD(U) is crucial for BJP”s “immediate future, and in the long run.”
In the 2015 election, BJP lost a big share of its popularity in not only Bihar but also states like Delhi, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Punjab. So, an alliance with a prominent political party in BJP serves the party’s superior motives. One such motive is the inclusion of the state for the Farm Bills 2020, which is facing huge backlash in many parts of the country. However, the way BJP wants to step up its game and win more seats has a rockier road than it seems.
The hurdles in BJP’s road to victory
The elections starting on October 28 will have a lot of steps that BJP has to take to make its way back to the top in Bihar. BJP should ensure that its strategies in a way that doe not disrupt its ties with JD(U). The ticket distribution is the first hurdle. The way BJP needs to distribute them should not serve as an at6cking gesture against Nitish Kumar’s candidacy. The party wants JD(U) to agree on equal eat-sharing. However, considering Kumar’s popularity, this move does not seem plausible.
BJP hence wants to use the “Modi ka paisa” initiative to bank on the goodwill it intends to raise in the rural areas in Bihar. Former Union Minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh resigned before his death, and in his letter, he attacked Nitish regarding the development of the state. PM Modi used the reference in his speech as well. So, even though the alliance is present, seat-sharing is vague still.