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Jaitley, Ananth Kumar meet Bihar CM over alliance, polls

delhi Updated: Jul 14, 2010 22:14 IST
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Senior BJP leaders Arun Jaitley and Ananth Kumar on Wednesday called on Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to discuss issues related to their alliance and the forthcoming Assembly elections in the state.

"Nitish Kumar is a successful Chief Minister of an NDA government in Bihar. Whenever he is in Delhi, we meet and discuss political and government related issues," Jaitley told reporters in New Delhi after meeting Kumar.

The Bihar Chief Minister was here to attend a meeting of Chief Ministers of Naxal-affected states called by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Jaitley's remarks indicate a thaw in the BJP-JD(U) relation after the recent sparring between Kumar and his Gujarat counterpart Narendra Modi.

He, however, refused to divulge the details when asked whether his meeting with Kumar also took up the issue of seat sharing in the poll-bound state.

Jaitley said elections are a few months away and whenever a decision is taken on the issue, the party will share the information. Ananth Kumar, who accompanied Jaitley is BJP's general secretary incharge of Bihar.

A meeting between JD(U) and BJP in Patna a few days back also sought to put behind their differences and both parties put up a united face in the forthcoming Assembly polls following a meeting between Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and top BJP leaders.

"A friendly atmosphere has been established between the BJP and JD(U) following the chief minister's meeting with the core BJP leaders," Ananth Kumar had then said.

Top sources in both the parties have, however, made it clear that there has an agreement to go by the 2005, Assembly election formula of seat sharing under which JD(U) had contested 139 seats and BJP 102 in the 243-member Bihar Assembly.

Sources in NDA have said it was deemed necessary to clear misunderstandings that cropped between the two parties after the controversy in Bihar on June 12 over the print advertisement showing Nitish Kumar and Narendra Modi holding hands.

As a fallout of the advertisement, an angry Nitish Kumar had cancelled the dinner being hosted by him for BJP leaders and even returned the Rs 5 crore aid given by Gujarat as relief fund for the Kosi floods.

This led to speculation that JD(U) will break its ties from BJP like Naveen Patnaik-led Biju Janta Dal had done in Orissa.