Shah meets Nitish over breakfast, seat-sharing pact to be discussed

Amit Shah with Nitish Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and BJP chief Amit Shah greet each other in Patna | PTI

BJP national president Amit Shah had a brief meeting with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over breakfast on Thursday, during which the two leaders are understood to have discussed the prevailing political situation in view of the Lok Sabha polls due next year.

Shah arrived in Patna from Ranchi on Thursday morning and was given a warm welcome at the airport by BJP workers and senior leaders, including party state president Nityanand Rai.

This is Shah's first visit to Bihar since the dramatic political realignment of last year when Kumar, the JD(U) national president, walked out of the Grand Alliance—which included his JD(U), RJD and the Congress—and returned to the NDA.

Refusing to take queries from journalists, Shah drove straight to the state guesthouse where he met Kumar, in presence of Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, BJP's national general secretary in-charge for Bihar Bhupendra Yadav and Rai over a simple breakfast of poha, Bihari dishes made of sattu, fruits, lassi and buttermilk.

Shah is scheduled to hold meetings with party functionaries during his day-long visit and meet Kumar again over dinner before retiring for the day.

Shah's visit to Bihar and his interactions with Kumar are expected to bring about a broad understanding between the saffron party and the JD(U) over the issue of seat sharing for the Lok Sabha polls.