Back
Home » News
  •  
    Filmi Bollywood
    • Mulk: Anubhav Sinha Gives A Fitting Reply To The Trolls In An Open Letter!
    • Dhadak: Here's Why This Ishaan Khatter-Janhvi Kapoor Film Should Be Your Pick For This Week!
    • Katrina Kaif: I Don't Think You Can Ever Feel 100 Percent Secure In Bollywood
    • Alia Bhatt’s Latest Instagram Posts Are All About Boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor & His EX-GF Katrina Kaif!
    • Soorma First Weekend (3 Days) Box Office Collection: Film Mints A Total Of Rs 13.85 Crores!
    • Sunny Leone Shares A Heart-touching Post On Daughter Nisha's First ‘Gotcha’ Anniversary
    • Mira Rajput's Baby Shower Pics: From Lemon Cake To Hubby Shahid Kapoor's Cute Antics!
    • Janhvi Kapoor: I Was Obsessed With SRK's Om Shanti Om; Would Enact Every Scene From The Film
    • Inside Mira Rajput's Baby Shower: From Lemon Cake To Hubby Shahid Kapoor's Cute Antics!
    • Aishwarya Rai & Aaradhya Capture The FIFA World Cup 2018 Grand Finale Frenzy In Paris! View Pictures
    • Irrfan Khan Battles High-Grade Cancer With A Smile; Posts A Happy Photo Celebrating Life!
    • Katrina Kaif Birthday Special: 7 Quotes Of Hers On Love & Break-up That Every Lover Will Relate To!
    • Maanayata Dutt To Produce Sanjay Dutt's Upcoming Movie Blockbuster Gang?
    • Will Katrina Kaif Throw A Grand Party On Her 35th Birthday? Read Details!
    • Is There A RIFT Between The Two? Arjun Kapoor To Miss Jahnvi Kapoor's Dhadak Screening!
    • Soorma Second Day (Saturday) Box Office Collection: This Diljit Dosanjh Film Picks Up Business!
Amit Shah-Nitish Kumar meeting today, broad understanding on seat sharing likely
Oneindia | 12th Jul, 2018 01:07 AM

Patna, July 12: All eyes will be on BJP president Amit Shah's bonding with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday as it is expected that the two NDA leaders will arrive at a broad understanding on seat-sharing for the 2019 general election. The two leaders are scheduled to meet over breakfast at the State Guest House and again for dinner at the chief minister's official residence on July 12.

Sources in the BJP and the JD(U) said although a detailed discussion on seat-sharing might not take place, Kumar and Shah were expected to arrive at a broad understanding on the issue that had been plaguing the alliance for the last few months.

Shah is scheduled to arrive at the Bihar capital on a day-long tour on Thursday-- his first visit to the state since last year's dramatic turnaround when the saffron party joined hands with Kumar's JD(U), ending four years of political hostility.

Though a large number of BJP leaders, including the party's national general secretary in-charge for Bihar Bhupendra Yadav, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi and all the Union ministers hailing from the state including Ravi Shankar Prasad, are likely to be present at the deliberations, all eyes will be on Shah's interactions with Kumar.

The issue of seat-sharing for the Lok Sabha polls within the NDA in Bihar has become a thorny one in the wake of recent insistence by a number of JD(U) leaders that the party should be allotted a number of constituencies -- commensurate with its standing in the state Assembly -- where it has the highest tally among the partners of the BJP-led coalition.

The NDA in Bihar also comprises the LJP and the RLSP, headed by Union ministers Ram Vilas Paswan and Upendra Kushwaha respectively. However, sources in the LJP and RLSP said both Paswan and Kushwaha were abroad and it was not clear whether anyone from the two parties would be attending any of the functions where Shah will be present.

The NDA, which had won 31 of the 40 seats in Bihar in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, is witnessing claims and counter-claims made by leaders of the constituents after the JD(U) returned to its fold. The old partners -- the BJP, the LJP and the RLSP -- had won 22, six and three seats respectively, while the JD(U), which had contested the polls separately with the Left parties, had managed to win only two seats.

The breaking of bread by Kumar and Shah indicates deepening of ties between the JD(U) and the BJP and buries all speculation as regards whether the chief minister would again return to the Grand Alliance. The speculation was fuelled after the JD(U) chief telephoned RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, following the latter undergoing a surgery in a Mumbai hospital last month. Kumar though had dismissed reports of any "rift" between the JD(U) and the BJP over seat-sharing in the Lok Sabha polls and said he was in no hurry to resolve the issue.

In 2010, Kumar had cancelled a dinner, which was supposed to be hosted for the BJP leaders, after a photograph of him holding hands with then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi appeared in a number of local newspapers. Former deputy chief minister and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, corruption cases against whom had prompted Kumar to walk out of the Grand Alliance and return to the NDA, came up with a sarcastic tweet, recalling the 2010 episode.

"Tomorrow, Nitish Kumar will offer a point-wise explanation to Amit Shah as to why he had cancelled the dinner hosted for Narendra Modi in June, 2010 and under what circumstances he was hosting another dinner now. Perhaps he will say I was strong then but now I am helpless," Yadav tweeted in Hindi.

A similar comment was made by MLC Prem Chandra Mishra, a senior leader of the state Congress, which, together with the JD(U) and the RJD, had formed the Grand Alliance. Kumar had snapped 17-year-old ties with the BJP in 2013, following differences with the saffron party over projection of Modi as the prime ministerial candidate in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

PTI

   
 
Health and Life
  • Brain Tumour Risk Can Be Reduced By Regulating Cell Phone Usage
  • Want To Live Longer? Drink Coffee
  • 7 Important Things Doctors Want You To Know About Losing Weight
    • 7 Major Differences Between Dengue And Chikngunya
    • 5 Best Exercises To Burn Belly Fat
    • Here's Why You Should Let Your Kids Go Barefoot More Often!
      • Why Exercising Is The Key To Healthier Heart?
      • 5 Stretches That Aid In Preventing Cramps
      • Ever Considered Building Muscles In The Pool? Here’s How To Nail It!
        • 9 Best Foods To Fight Morning Fatigue
        • 7 Warning Signs Of Obesity
        • How Can Pets Improve Your Health?
          • Celebrate "National French Fries Day" With These 6 Secrets To Healthier French Fries
          • Which One Is Better? Regular Coffee Or Black Coffee
          • Uterine Prolapse: Risk Factors, Symptoms, Causes and Treatment
            • 8 Common Mistakes People Make When Trying to Lose Weight
            • Solar Eclipse: What Foods To Eat And Avoid Based On Ayurveda
            • How To Get Rid Of Hot Flashes And Night Sweats
              • Want Big Biceps? Here’s The Complete Guide!
              • 7 Things To Avoid While Dining Out To Stay Healthy
              • Working Night Shifts May Increase Risk of Heart Disease, Stroke and Cancer