Bihar’s opposition Grand Alliance on Saturday annoubced the seat-sharing deal for the upcoming assembly elections in the state with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) set to contest 144 seats.

The Congress will contest on 70 of the 243 seats while CPM, CPI and CPI (ML) will contest 4, 6 and 19 seats respectively, Grand Alliance’s chief ministerial candidate Tejashwi Yadav said.

Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) , which was also part of the alliance, did not get any seat in the agreement. Its chief Mukesh Sahni, who was part of the alliance’s press conference, said what was happening to him was akin to backstabbing and stormed out of the briefing.

“What is happening with us right now is somewhere backstabbing. I am going out of this alliance and will address media tomorrow,” Sahni said.

“All components of UPA have decided to come together as coalition for the Bihar Assembly elections. Congress, RJD, CPI, CPM & Vikassheel Insaan Party will be part of this alliance under leadership of RJD. We want Bihar to prosper under Tejashwi Yadav,” Congress leader Avinash Pandey said.

There was no clarity on whether Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) has been given any seats to contest.

The CPI-ML, which has three MLAs in the assembly and had earlier issued a list of 30 seats for the first phase of polling on October 28 without waiting for a formal announcement, reached an understanding after a meeting of its top leader Deepankar Bhattacharya with Tejashwi Yadav on Thursday night, PTI reported.

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