Asserting that no talks of seat-sharing for Lok Sabha polls have taken place in Bihar so far, Union minister Upendra Kushwaha claimed today some people in the NDA, who don’t wish to see Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister, were circulating “misleading news”.

A section of media had recently reported that an arrangement had been made between the BJP and its allies for the 2019 elections.

Quoting sources, the reports said the BJP will contest 20 of the 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar, while its allies – the Janata Dal (United), the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and the Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RSLP) and a splinter group of the RSLP — will contest on 12, five, two and one seats respectively.

Rubbishing the reports,the RLSP chief said, “No talks of seat sharing have taken place in Bihar. In the news reports that I have come across, senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi and Ram Vilas Paswan’s party (LJP) have also made it clear that the talks are still pending.” In a tweet yesterday, senior BJP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, too, rebuffed the news doing rounds about seat-sharing arrangement.

“Neither any decision has been taken within the NDA on seat sharing for 2019, nor there is any controversy. We are aiming at winning all 40 seats and this is the common target of all NDA allies,” he said.

Kushwaha, who is the Union minister of state for human resource development in the NDA government, said the reports in media were published without any basis.