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BJP to continue alliance with Nitish Kumar in Bihar

Patna: The 'gathbandhan' between JD(U) and BJP seems to attain a new high after the party spearheads met again over dinner. Earlier in the day, the 'supremo-duo' met over breakfast to share their plans for the upcoming 2019 general election.

Pic Courtesy: Twitter@AmitShah

BJP president Shah had reiterated that Nitish Kumar's JD(U) and BJP will together contest the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. While this is Shah's first visit to the state, the BJP-JD(U) alliance seems to consolidate their dominance in Bihar, thereby, ending four years of political hostility.
  • Post dinner, Shah reached Raj Bhawan to meet Governor Satya Pal Malik
  • Amit Shah arrived at CM Nitish Kumar's residence for dinner at around 8:20 pm

  • Amit Shah said, "Our alliance with Nitish Kumar will continue in Bihar"
  • The BJP leader said the time had come to uproot the Congress from the country. "The end of Congress will take place in Bihar"
  • Amit Shah held meeting with the state party leaders. He believes that NDA will win all the 40 Lok Sabha seats from Bihar

  • Amit Shah held meeting with the state BJP workers to discuss party expansion and various other topics

Pic Courtesy: Twitter@AmitShah
  • BJP President also held meeting with social media volunteers in the state

  • Amit Shah meets Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Deputy CM Sushil Modi also present

  • Amit Shah arrives in Patna. He headed straight for the state guest house near Raj Bhawan, along with senior party leaders to break bread with Nitish Kumar

Issue of seat-sharing for the Lok Sabha polls within the NDA in Bihar :
  • The issue of seat-sharing for the Lok Sabha polls within the NDA in Bihar has become a thorny one in the wake of recent insistence by a number of JD(U) leaders that the party should be allotted a number of constituencies -- commensurate with its standing in the state Assembly -- where it has the highest tally among the partners of the BJP-led coalition.
  • The NDA in Bihar also comprises the LJP and the RLSP, headed by Union ministers Ram Vilas Paswan and Upendra Kushwaha respectively.
  • However, sources in the LJP and RLSP said both Paswan and Kushwaha were abroad and it was not clear whether anyone from the two parties would be attending any of the functions where Shah will be present.
  • The NDA, which had won 31 of the 40 seats in Bihar in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, is witnessing claims and counter-claims made by leaders of the constituents after the JD(U) returned to its fold.
  • The old partners -- the BJP, the LJP and the RLSP -- had won 22, six and three seats respectively, while the JD(U), which had contested the polls separately with the Left parties, had managed to win only two seats.
  • The breaking of bread by Kumar and Shah on Thursday indicates deepening of ties between the JD(U) and the BJP and buries all speculation as regards whether the chief minister would again return to the Grand Alliance.

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  • The speculation was fuelled after the JD(U) chief telephoned RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, following the latter undergoing a surgery in a Mumbai hospital last month.
  • Kumar though had dismissed reports of any "rift" between the JD(U) and the BJP over seat-sharing in the Lok Sabha polls and said he was in no hurry to resolve the issue.
  • In 2010, Kumar had cancelled a dinner, which was supposed to be hosted for the BJP leaders, after a photograph of him holding hands with then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi appeared in a number of local newspapers.
  • Former deputy chief minister and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, corruption cases against whom had prompted Kumar to walk out of the Grand Alliance and return to the NDA, came up with a sarcastic tweet, recalling the 2010 episode.
  • "Tomorrow, Nitish Kumar will offer a point-wise explanation to Amit Shah as to why he had cancelled the dinner hosted for Narendra Modi in June, 2010 and under what circumstances he was hosting another dinner now. Perhaps he will say I was strong then but now I am helpless," Yadav tweeted in Hindi.
  • A similar comment was made by MLC Prem Chandra Mishra, a senior leader of the state Congress, which, together with the JD(U) and the RJD, had formed the Grand Alliance.
  • Kumar had snapped 17-year-old ties with the BJP in 2013, following differences with the saffron party over projection of Modi as the prime ministerial candidate in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

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