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Amit Shah to hold discussions with Nitish over breakfast, dinner on July 12

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

Amid reports of differences between the two allies, will hold discussions with JD(U) and Kumar over breakfast and dinner during his visit to on July 12.

Shah's first visit to after Kumar's JD(U) rejoined the NDA last year comes in the backdrop of repeated assertions by spokesmen of the JD(U) that it was the "elder brother" in the coalition and should get the lion's share of 40 seats in the state.

According to a state release, Shah will arrive in at 10 AM. From the airport, he will proceed to the where he will "have breakfast with Kumar and other senior leaders".

"After hectic day-long activities, Shah will have dinner at the chief minister's official residence," the release said.

"Shah's tour will be grand and historic. Under his leadership, the party has emerged as the largest political outfit in the world," state was quoted as having said in the release.

The BJP president's Bihar visit is considered important from point of view of finding a way out to the prickly issue of seat sharing among NDA partners for next year's election.

The NDA which had won 31 seats in Bihar is witnessing claims and counter-claims made by leaders of NDA constituents after JD(U) returned to its fold.

Old partners -- BJP, LJP and RLSP -- had won 22, 6 and 3 seats respectively while JD(U) which had fought separately with the Left parties had managed only two seats in the last parliamentary poll.

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

The BJP release added that Shah's engagements will include meetings with BJP workers, including those handling the party's social media outreach, followed by "deliberations on poll preparations at the from 4 PM to 7 PM".

After spending the night at the state guest house, Shah will leave for on Friday morning, the release said.

Meanwhile, the JD(U) has reportedly restrained its spokespersons from speaking on the seat-sharing issue.

Although there has been no official word on the issue from the party, JD(U) leaders said on condition of anonymity that "instructions have been issued that no should speak on the seat-sharing issue so that no misunderstandings erupt ahead of the BJP chief's visit".

While party spokespersons, led by its national K C Tyagi, have been stressing the JD(U)'s "elder brother" status, the stand was recently disapproved of by the party's in the Rajya Sabha and Kumar's confidant RCP Singh who had said "in democratic all are equal. Elder brother and younger brother are terms appropriate to a family".

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First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 22:15 IST