AJSU leaders are, however, looking for a bigger role in government and say they would not limit their choice of allies.
Airing a similar view, an AJSU leader said that the winability of a candidate will hold key in the event of division of votes in a multi-cornered contest.
Former Congress president and Lohardagga sitting legislator Sukhdeo Bhagat joined the BJP just before the poll announcement.
Radha Krishna Kishore joined the AJSU after being denied a ticket by the BJP. He was legislator from the Chattarpur Assembly seat.
Sources said the BJP ceded Lohardagga seat despite the party having made up its mind to field one of the recent turncoat MLAs from the constituency.
BJP faces a bigger demand for seats from its restive ally AJSU-P in Jharkhand for the upcoming Assembly polls.
The former Bihar chief minister declined to comment as to whether he was in talks with leaders of the BJP, the senior NDA partner in Jharkhand.
In Gomia, JMM's candidate Babita Devi defeated AJSU nominee Lambodar Mahto by 13, 00 votes while BJP's nominee Madhavlal Singh stood third.