The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National President Amit Shah and the Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal (JD) United Chief Nitish Kumar met in Patna on Thursday. The agenda was to decide on the BJP-JD(U) alliance and discuss the rubric of seat sharing before the 2019 General Elections.

Shah’s visit to Bihar is seen as a crucial move to amend the ties with JD(U). The meeting was held in the presence of Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi and Bhupender Yadav, BJP National General Secretary in charge for Bihar.

According to senior members of JD(U), the alliance would stand on ‘equity, parity and mutual trust.’

In the 2014 elections, NDA had won 31 seats. BJP, LJP and RLSP won 22, 6 and 3 seats respectively. The JD(U) on the other hand, had fought the elections with the left parties and managed to secure only two seats.

In light of the current alliance, the seat sharing may be a difficult effort. However, according to BJP leaders, the out of the BJP-JD(U) meeting was a happy one.

JD(U)’s statement confirms the alliance. It is yet to decide on the seat sharing policy and is waiting to receive BJP’s proposal on the same.