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Nitish meets BJP leaders over breakfast

In his first gesture of friendship since the controversial Narendra Modi posters triggered his stand-off with the BJP early last month, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar drove to BJP state unit president CP Thakur's house for a breakfast meeting with top BJP leaders Arun Jaitley and Ananth Kumar here on Sunday. HT reports.

india Updated: Jul 12, 2010 00:11 IST
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In his first gesture of friendship since the controversial Narendra Modi posters triggered his stand-off with the BJP early last month, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar drove to BJP state unit president CP Thakur's house for a breakfast meeting with top BJP leaders Arun Jaitley and Ananth Kumar here on Sunday.

Kumar refused to comment on what transpired at the two-hour-long meeting and Bihar JD-U president Vijay Kumar Chaudhary, who was also present at the talks, said, did not shed light on the matter either.

"It was just a get-together over breakfast and there was absolute bonhomie between the two sides. The talks centred on the prevailing political scenario," he said.

BJP leader Jaitley, too, didn't reveal much, describing the interaction as a "social meeting" but refusing to elaborate.

Ananth Kumar, BJP general secretary in-charge of Bihar, who added fuel to the fire by inviting Narendra Modi to campaign in Bihar, was a little more forthcoming.

"We enjoyed breakfast in a jolly mood and the meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere. We will contest the elections together," he said.

Ananth Kumar said the leaders discussed how to win the elections and how the two parties could put their best foot forward.

"The people of Bihar want the good governance given by Nitish Kumar to continue and the alliance will take this development march to another term," he said.

But he was non-committal on the issue of the Gujarat CM campaigning in Bihar.

"Who will come and who will not will be decided later. Till the notification (for assembly polls) is issued, the party will concentrate on expanding its base," he said.

Sources said there was no discussion on assembly seats sharing but both discussed joint poll strategies for the coming assembly polls in Bihar.