Amit Shah, Nitish Kumar meet over breakfast in Patna

This is the BJP chief’s first visit to the State since JD(U) had formed the government in Bihar with the BJP again in July 2017.

Amid speculations over seat sharing disagreement and who would be the face of NDA in Bihar in the upcoming Lok Sabha and State Assembly elections, Bhartiya Janata Party president Amit Shah on Thursday reached Patna. He was accorded grand welcome in Patna by BJP leaders and party workers.

This is Mr. Shah’s first visit to the State since JD(U) had formed the government in Bihar with the BJP again in July 2017.

A large number of hoardings, posters and billboards with pictures of Mr. Shah and state BJP leaders have dotted every nook and corner of the state capital.

From the Patna airport, Mr Shah drove straight to the State guest house where he met Chief Minister and JD(U) president Nitish Kumar along with BJP State chief Nityanand Rai, senior party leader and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, party in-charge Bhupendra Yadav and party organisational secretary Nagendraji on breakfast.

Party sources told The Hindu that the BJP leaders discussed the seat sharing formula and other issues related with upcoming Lok Sabha and assembly elections with Mr. Nitish Kumar.

The meeting ended after 50 minutes with Mr. Kumar emerging out with an expansive smile. Mr. Shah was seen coming out with folded hands for sending off Mr. Kumar.

The BJP won 22 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar in the 2014 general elections while the JD(U) had secured only two.

Mr Shah later drove to Patna’s Gyan Bhawan to address party workers and leaders to brief them about tips related with the poll in social media.

Patna’s Gyan Bhawan arched bamboo gate was decorated with bells and band to welcome the BJP president. Over 12,000 BJP workers from different parts of the State have come to attend the meeting.

Mr. Shah is also expected to attend another meeting with party leaders later in the day.

He is scheduled to have dinner with senior BJP and JD(U) leaders at the official residence of Mr. Nitish Kumar.

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