New Delhi: BJP president Rajnath Singh today officially announced alliance and seat-sharing pact with Ram Vilas Paswan's Lok Janshakti Party.
Under the arrangements discussed so far, BJP has agreed to spare seven out of 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar for LJP.
LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan will meet the BJP senior leader LK Advani and it's PM candidate Narendra Modi very soon, said the Rajnath Singh after meeting Paswan.
Paswan will contest election from Samastipur constituency while his son Chirag will contest poll from Jamui Lok Sabha seat of Bihar.
The seats for which there was a broad agreement so far included Hajipur, Samastipur, Jamui, Munger, Khagaria and Vaishali. The discussions for last two days was mainly around the seventh seat, which is Nalanda.
With an alliance between BJP and LJP, leaders of the two parties today engaged in hectic parleys on seat-sharing in Bihar after three senior BJP leaders met LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan at his residence.
Paswan's younger brother Ram Chandra Paswan said the "distance between BJP and LJP has come to an end on poll alliance" in Bihar.
Earlier this day, the LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan and his son met top leadership of the BJP except veteran LK Advani and party's BJP candidate Narendra Modi.
Soon after, Bihar LJP President Pashupati Kumar Paras and party Parliamentary Board Chairman Chirag Paswan met BJP leaders Dharmendra Pradhan, Bihar BJP chief Mangal Pandey, its leader in state assembly Nand Kishore Yadav and senior leader Sushil Kumar Modi.
Rudy, Hussain and Prasad were also present in the meeting.
"When people are coming to meet, it does mean there is a meeting of minds. The distance (between BJP and LJP) has come to an end. Where are two opinions about it," he said when asked whether the alliance has been finalised or has the distance between the two parties come to an end.
Significantly, the meetings between the two parties are taking place on a day BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is here and there was speculation that Paswan would meet him.
Modi held a separate meeting with BJP chief Rajnath Singh.
The meeting came a day after LJP gave clear hints about allying with BJP after their Parliamentary Board meeting.
After meeting Paswan, Ravishankar Prasad said the LJP chief is a "senior" leader not only of Bihar but the entire country.
"We have worked together during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government," the BJP leader recalled.