BJP is with Nitish Kumar, will continue with him in 2019: Amit Shah

NEW DELHI: BJP president Amit Shah has said his party will contest the 2019 Lok Sabha polls along with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal (United), seeking to end speculation that ties between them were strained.

"The BJP-led NDA's alliance with Nitish Kumar will not break, it will continue. We are with Nitish Kumar and will continue to be with him," IANS quoted Shah as saying in Patna on Thursday.

"The NDA (National Democratic Alliance) is united and strong in Bihar. We will contest the Lok Sabha election together and will win all 40 seats in the state," he said.

"The end of Congress will take place in Bihar," he said about the opposition party.

Shah met chief minister Kumar over breakfast this morning amid reports of differences between the allies over a host of issues, including allocation of seats for the Lok Sabha elections scheduled to be held next year.

Shah landed in Patna at around 10am and headed straight to the state guest house for the breakfast meeting with Kumar. Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi and the BJP's state president Nityanand Rai were also present during the breakfast meeting.

Shah will again meet Kumar over dinner at the chief minister's residence at around 8pm. They are expected to work out the differences and kick-start the process of formalising the specifics of the electoral understanding.

 

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