Bihar NDA announces candidates for 40 LS seats

The three NDA constituents in Bihar -- BJP, JD(U) and LJP -- on Sunday announced the names of candidates for the 40 Lok Sabha constituencies for the coming general elections.

As per the announcement made at a joint press conference of the three parties in Patna, the BJP and the JD(U) will contest 17 seats each and the LJP in six.

An agreement on the seat sharing had already been reached between the three parties.

According to the announcement, the BJP will contest from Paschim Champaran (Bettiah), Purvi Champaran (Motihari), Muzaffarpur, Saran, Maharjaganj, Sheohar, Madhubani, Darbhanga, Ujiarpur, Begusarai, Patna Sahib, Patliputra, Ara, Buxar, Sasaram, Aurangabad and Araria.

The JD(U) will field candidates from Valmikinagar, Siwan, Gopalganj, Jehanbad, Gaya, Karakat, Madhepura, Supaul, Jhanjharpur, Sitamarhi, Purnea, Kishanganj, Banka, Bhagalpur, Munger, Nalanda and Katihar.

Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan's LJP will be contesting the Lok Sabha seats of Hajipur, Samastipur, Jamui, Nawada, Khagaria and Vaishali.