Amit Shah
Amit Shah, President of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), gestures as he begins a door-to-door campaign for the 2017 Gujarat elections.REUTERS/Amit Dave

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah arrived in Patna on Thursday and met Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal (United) chief Nitish Kumar.

Shah, who is in the city to interact with party leaders and workers to design strategies leading up to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, met Kumar soon after his arrival.

The BJP president went straight to the state guest house near Raj Bhawan along with senior party leaders for breakfast with Kumar, a key NDA ally. Shah will again meet the CM at his residence for dinner and discuss seat sharing for the 2019 general elections.

A team of BJP leaders, including Union ministers from Bihar and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, had earlier thronged the Patna airport with garlands to welcome Shah. This is Shah's first visit after Kumar's JD-U joined the National Democratic Alliance in July 2017 after dumping the Rashtriya Janata Dal and Congress of the Grand Alliance.

Unprecedented security arrangements have been made for Shah's visit. The state capital has been turned into a fortress with thousands of security personnel deployed and traffic diversions in place. The entire city has been flooded with colourful hoardings, banners, high rise gates and posters highlighting the achievements of four years of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre.

Shah will be holding series of meetings and discussions with the party leaders and workers on preparations leading up to the 2019 general elections. He will interact with 10,000 ground level party workers, who head the booths in the state. Besides, he will also meet the party's social media activists to discuss the digital campaign, a BJP leader said.