PATNA, Jan. 8 -- After the completion of Jan Sampark Abhiyan, the state BJP leadership is now faced with the daunting task of 'handing' over its five winning seats to its alliance partner JD (U) for the Lok Sabha polls.

As per agreement in the NDA, BJP and the JD (U) would be contesting on 17 seats each while the LJP will contest on six seats. By agreeing to contest just 17 of the

40 seats in Bihar, the BJP has given up five seats it had won in

2014. The BJP had contested 30 seats in the last election, when the JD(U) was not part of the alliance, and won 22.

The biggest gainer from the seat-sharing arrangement will be CM Nitish Kumar's JD(U). Kumar's party had won only two out of the 38 seats it had contested in 2014 polls and had lost ...