New Delhi, July 12, News24 Bureau: There is a ray of hope today and the sagging relations between the JD-U and BJP may at last get a face-lift as the BJP President Amit Shah and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar meet today over breakfast and later on dinner.
There were reports of differences between the two allies and Amit Shah's Bihar visit is a ray of hope at the end of the tunnel.
The BJP President's first visit to Bihar after JD(U) rejoined the NDA last year comes in the backdrop of repeated statements by spokesmen of the JD(U) that it was the "elder brother" in the coalition and should get the lion's share of 40 Lok Sabha seats in the state.
"Shah's Bihar tour will be grand and historic. Under his leadership, the party has emerged as the largest political outfit in the world," BJP state president Nityanand Rai was quoted as having said in the release.
Shah has already arrived in Patna and has proceeded to the state guest house where he will "have breakfast with Nitish Kumar and other senior leaders".
"After hectic day-long activities, Shah will have dinner at the Chief Minister's official residence," the release said.
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.
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 Lok Sabha election.
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 state guest house from 4 PM to 7 PM".