Those who are salivating at the prospects of the end of BJP and JDU partnership are deluding themselves…
The BJP knows very well how to make friends, and also know how to keep the friendship-zone in a good humour. NDA will stay intact and is expecting to sweep all the 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar; this was Amit Shah, the BJP chief’s clear message to the critics of BJP and its opponents.
Recently, BJP chief Amit Shah paid a visit to Bihar’s Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to ensure smooth seat-sharing process for the ensuing 2019 Lok Sabha polls and silenced the opponents.
This is Amit Shah’s first visit to Bihar since Nitish Kumar’s JDU joined the National Democratic alliance in July last year.
Nitish Kumar reciprocated the gesture and did not turn down the hopes with which Amit Shah approached him. Not-with-standing the conversation over 2019’s Lok Sabha seat-sharing issues the duo where caught with smiling faces, rather it would be better to say, Shah and Kumar projected a strong image of bonhomie.
The ice-breaking part took place during the breakfast session at a state guest house. There was no trace of bitterness, as the duo had breakfast together along with a number of BJP leaders.
Shah and Kumar, again met for dinner, and after that they held a long meeting, where they were expected to set the seat-sharing strategies. Finally, the ‘all is well’ message came right soon after, as Nitish’s JD(U) is now much keen on getting to contest as many seats as BJP.
For the last few months, state leaders from both the parties have tried to project themselves as ‘a big brother’ over the alliance issue, and even issued hordes of statements on seat sharing issues for the upcoming election.
Last week the chief minister of Bihar had stated that his party will take the final decision on seat sharing after observing the BJP’s move. But after BJP chief’s visit JDU seem to have settled the alliance over the seat sharing issue with BJP.
Entire Patna had turned into a sea of saffron, as the BJP functionaries and workers from across the state assembled there with banners, posters and flags. After landing at the Jayaprakash Narayan International Airport Shah was welcomed with garlands and flowers by a large number of BJP workers.
Amit Shah is slated to interact with around 10,000 ground-level party workers in Bihar, who head pooling booths throughout the state. The BJP chief will also hold meetings and discussions with party leaders and workers from Bihar to strategize for the upcoming 2019 General Election.