BJP president Amit Shah will meet Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar over breakfast and dinner on Thursday amid reports of differences between the allies over a host of issues, including allocation of seats for the Lok Sabha elections scheduled to be held next year.
Shah landed in Patna at around 10am and headed straight to the state guest house for the breakfast meeting with Janata Dal(United) chief and key ally Kumar.
The two leaders will later meet over dinner hosted by Kumar in the evening and are expected to work out the differences and kick-start the process of formalising the specifics of the electoral understanding.
The Bharatiya Janata Party has assured the JD(U) that it respects its status in Bihar, and sees the chief minister as indispensable to the future of the state.
The JD(U), in turn, has conveyed to the BJP it is firmly committed to the alliance, is comfortable in it and wishes to resolve the 2019 seat-sharing issue, on “equal and respectable” terms.
“The meeting between national presidents of two parties will further enhance the harmonious relationship between the two alliance partners. After all, both JD(U) and BJP have a strong bond. When the duo will meet, they will definitely talk on how to win all 40 seats,” BJP’s national spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said.
The meeting and the dinner hosted by chief minister Kumar also assumes significance as it comes...