PM Modi, Amit Shah Attend Bihar Election Meeting At BJP Headquarters

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Top BJP leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, met on Saturday to finalise the party's candidates for the remaining seats in Bihar which goes to assembly polls in three phases beginning October 28.

The party has already announced the names of its 29 candidates. This was the second meeting of the BJP''s Central Election Committee, chaired by party president JP Nadda, to finalise candidates for the Bihar polls.

The BJP had earlier this week formally inducted the Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) into the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and assigned the party 11 seats as part of seat distribution among allies for the Bihar polls.

The party, which is considered to have influence among extremely backward classes (EBCs) in the state, will take up the slot vacated by Chirag Paswan's Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) which severed ties with the Nitish Kumar-led coalition in Bihar.

Janata Dal-United (JDU), on the other hand, had earlier this week released a list of 115 candidates for the Bihar Assembly polls. The party has denied tickets to 11 of its sitting MLAs while accommodating the turncoats.

The BJP and the JDU had agreed to contest on 121-122 seats respectively in the 243-member assembly. JD-U, which has a share of 122 seats according to the understanding, has given seats to Hindustani Awaam Morcha of Jitan Ram Manjhi from its quota.

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