Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will be the BJP in-charge for the coming assembly elections in Bihar. Making the announcement, senior state party leader Bhupendra Yadav said the party will soon take a call on seat division, which has become a contentious issue, with Ram Vilas Paswan's Lok Janshakti Party putting pressure on the BJP for an early decision.
The three-phase elections to the 243-member state assembly will begin on October 28. The second and the third phases will be held on November 3 and 7 and the results will be declared on November 10.
"We will soon talk to LJP and Janata Dal United," said Mr Yadav, who is the party's general secretary in Bihar.
Over the last few weeks, Mr Fadnavis has been participating in the party's internal meetings on the Bihar elections and has even visited the state a few times. His position was made official this evening after BJP chief JP Nadda held a round of talks with leaders of the party's Bihar unit.
Yesterday, LJP's Chirag Paswan reportedly gave an ultimatum to Mr Nadda, demanding an immediate decision on seat-sharing. Otherwise his party, he reportedly said, will field candidates in 143 of the state's 243 seats.
Mr Paswan, the son of union minister Ram Vilas Paswan, has not made a secret of his ambition for the state's top job. The issue has pitted him against Nitish Kumar, the state's five-time Chief Minister.
His party has repeatedly indicated that they are ready to contest against Mr Kumar's Janata Dal United, and sources said Chirag Paswan has made the situation clear to Mr Nadda.