- Nitish Kumar resurrected alliance with BJP in July
- PM Modi in Bihar on Saturday, they will appear together
- Will fly in same helicopter to inaugurate new projects outside Patna
Mokamah was for years part of Mr Kumar's Barh parliamentary constituency, an area he represented five times in the Lok Sabha.
Ahead of the general election in 2014, he said he could not accept the decision of the BJP's national coalition, of which he was a part, to announce Mr Modi as its prime ministerial candidate. He said that the communal riots which tore through Gujarat in 2002 while Mr Modi was Chief Minister made him an unsuitable contender. The BJP did not blink and Mr Kumar ended his 17-year alliance with the party with catastrophic results - he won just two of Bihar's parliamentary seats while the BJP and it's allies, led by Mr Modi, won 31.
To strike off the Maha-gathbandhan, Mr Kumar cited a corruption case that named Lalu Yadav and his son and deputy Chief Minister Tejashwai Yadav. Today, when asked about corruption allegations against BJP chief Amit Shah's son, the Chief Minister said "I have not read the papers" and claimed insufficient knowledge of the accusations, which the BJP has ardently denied. That approach is likely to ensure a wrinkle-free encounter with Mr Modi.
Sources in both their parties say that ahead of Mr Kumar ending his old alliance in July for a new one with the BJP, the PM and the Chief Minister had exchanged notes on the likelihood and importance of collaborating politically.