Patna, July 12 : BJP President Amit Shah arrived here on Thursday and met JD-U chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at breakfast.
Shah who is here to interact with party leaders and workers to design strategies leading up to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, met the Janata Dal-United President soon after his arrival.
The Bharatiya Janata Party President headed straight for the state guest house near Raj Bhawan, along with senior party leaders to break bread with Nitish Kumar, a key NDA ally.
Shah will again meet the Chief Minister at his official residence at dinner, when crucial discussion on 2019 general election seat sharing between the allies was expected.
A team of BJP leaders, including Union Ministers from Bihar, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi earlier thronged the Patna airport with garlands to welcome Shah.
This is Shah’s first visit after Nitish Kumar’s JD-U joined the National Democratic Alliance in July 2017 after dumping the Rashtriya Janata Dal and Congress of the Grand Alliance.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah clearly stated that their alliance with the Janata Dal (United) (JD-U) is intact and they will fight the upcoming 2018 General Election together on all 40 seats.
“Our alliance with Nitish Kumar will continue in Bihar. Nitish Kumar joined hands with the BJP as he was not able to stay with the corrupt people. Our alliance will win all 40 Lok Sabha seats from Bihar and form the NDA Government at the Center,” he said.
The meeting, which was held to strengthen the alliance between the BJP and JD (U), comes in the backdrop of alleged differences between the two parties.
Reports of an alleged rift between the JD (U) and BJP emerged over seat-sharing for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Kumar later in the day will host a dinner for Shah at his residence to work out the differences.
This was Shah’s first visit to the state after last year’s turn of events, where Nitish Kumar dissolved the Grand Alliance government with RJD and Congress