Seat Sharing Talks: Amit Shah to Meet CM Nitish Kumar in Patna

Patna: Bhartiya Janata Party president Amit Shah will hold negotiations with JD(U) leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over breakfast and dinner during his visit to Patna on Thursday.

BJP takes this move amid reports of clashes between the two parties over seat sharing agreement for 40 Lok Sabha seats in the state for 2019 general elections.

Leaders from both sides are positive and hope that the clashes will be resolved when Nitish Kumar and Amit Shah will assemble together.

Amid frequent declaration by spokesmen of the JD(U) BJP spokesman, Sambit Patra, in Patna on Monday, accepted that CM Nitish Kumar was naturally the leader of NDA in Bihar as he was heading the alliance being Chief Minister.

With the return of JD(U) to the NDA, the fresh allotment of seats among partners seems to be a difficult task.

On Monday, Nitish Kumar clarified that his party's coalition with the BJP was narrowed to Bihar, a reason why the JD(U) had been grounding candidates in a number of states against the BJP. CM Kumar, however, asserted that the question of his party becoming a part of an anti-BJP coalition elsewhere did not take place.

Kumar denied the reports of crack in the coalition calling it 'hot air'. "All the issues relating to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections will be sorted out in due course and the outcome would be made public. There is no hurry," CM of Bihar was quoted by news 18 as saying.

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