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Feud With Ally and LJP's Chirag Paswan Tops Agenda as Nitish Meets Nadda for Bihar Seat-Sharing Talks

File photo of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar greeting BJP president JP Nadda, in Patna. (PTI Photo)

File photo of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar greeting BJP president JP Nadda, in Patna. (PTI Photo)

BJP chief JP Nadda is understood to have assured help in ironing out the differences that have of late cropped up between the JD(U) and the LJP on account of the belligerent stance adopted by the latter’s young president Chirag Paswan.

Patna: The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) began preparing for the Bihar Assembly elections due later this year with JD(U) supremo and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar meeting BJP president JP Nadda for seat-sharing talks.

Nadda was accompanied by deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi, party national general secretary and state in-charge Bhupendra Yadav and state unit president Sanjay Jaiswal.

The JD(U) national president, who was accompanied by key party aide Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan, accorded a warm welcome to Nadda, who hails from Himachal Pradesh but was born and brought up in Patna. At the meeting, held at the CM’s residence, leaders of the two parties are understood to have discussed the key issue of seat-sharing among alliance partners in the NDA, which also includes Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party (LJP).

The BJP leadership is also understood to have assured Kumar that it will intervene and iron out the differences that have of late cropped up between the JD(U) and the LJP on account of the belligerent stance adopted by the latter’s young president Chirag Paswan. The schedule for assembly elections in the state is likely to be announced in the coming days. The Election Commission has indicated that it would like to conclude the exercise before end of term of the present house on November 29.

On the previous evening at a press conference here, the BJP’s election in-charge for Bihar assembly Devendra Fadnavis had sought to make light of the acrimony between JD(U) and LJP and remarked "nobody is going to leave the NDA, though many may join us". The former Maharashtra Chief Minister had also attributed the sharp differences that have emerged between the two parties to "diverse ideologies a reason why we all are separate political parties, though united in purpose".

Nadda, who arrived here on the previous evening on a two-day tour of Bihar, began his day by offering prayers at the famous Patan Devi temple in the old city, after which the Bihar capital is named. After the meeting with the chief minister, his itinerary includes launch of "Atmanirbhar Bihar Abhiyan" at the party’s state headquarters followed by a visit to Muzaffarpur district where he will interact with women farmers and litchi cultivators at the village named after the legendary "Kisan Chachi", whose efforts at promoting entrepreneurship among rural women have earned her a Padma award.

Nadda is thereafter scheduled to visit Darbhanga, and interact with farmers involved in fisheries and production of makhana (fox nuts), both of which are found in abundance in the Mithila region of north Bihar.

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