JP Nadda meets Nitish Kumar, holds talks on seat-sharing as political heat simmers in Bihar ahead of polls

JP Nadda meets Nitish Kumar | Photo Credit: PTI

As the Assembly elections in Bihar is inching closer, BJP chief JP Nadda on Saturday met Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna and held a discussion on seat-sharing among the NDA alliance partners for the upcoming polls.

The BJP chief who is on a two-day visit to the state called on Kumar at his official residence 1, Anney Marg.

Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, national general secretary and state in-charge Bhupendra Yadav and state president Sanjay Jaiswal were among others who attended the crucial meeting. The JD(U) president was accompanied by key party aide Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan.

During the meeting which held for more than half an hour, Nadda and Kumar discussed the key issue of seat-sharing among alliance partners in the NDA for the elections, scheduled in October-November.

However, no leader from Chirag Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), an ally of NDA in Bihar, was present at the meeting, fuelling speculation of widening differences between the two alliance partners.

Rift between JD(U), LJP 

The LJP and JD(U) have been at loggerheads over the past few months over several issues including the Nitish Kumar government’s handling of the coronavirus situation, the migrant crisis and the recent floods.

LJP’s patron Ram Vilas Paswan had on Friday said he will stand firmly with whatever decision his son and LJP chief Chirag Paswan takes on alliance and seat sharing for the Bihar assembly polls.

“I am confident that with his youthful thinking, Chirag will take the party and Bihar to new heights. I firmly stand by all the decisions of Chirag,” Paswan had tweeted.

In today’s meeting, the BJP leadership has also assured Kumar that it will try to iron out the differences between the JD(U) and the LJP, PTI reported.

Earlier, BJPs election in-charge for Bihar assembly Devendra Fadnavis had played down reports of the rift between JD(U) and LJP and said “nobody is going to leave the NDA, though many may join us”.

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