New Delhi, June 4: Still smarting from the drubbing in recently concluded by-polls which saw it suffer humiliation, the BJP has convened a meeting of its allies in Bihar to prepare for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, said a media report. A report in The Hindu said the party has called a meeting of all NDA partners in Patna on June 7. Meanwhile, BJP president Amit Shah met Food and Civil Supplies Minister Ram Vilas Paswan in New Delhi where the latter supported Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s demand for Special Category Status (SCS) for the state, said the report. (Also read: Shatrughan Sinha Takes a Dig at Nitish Kumar)

“All issues were discussed, especially the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The government has filed a review petition. The court is closed. So we demanded an ordinance for it. We also demanded an ordinance for reservation in promotions in government jobs. He [Amit Shah] agreed that a decision should be taken soon. As far as the SCS for Bihar is concerned, we have long been demanding it. Bihar is a backward State, so it must be given the status. The government must listen to our pleas,” the report quoted Paswan as saying. Only yesterday, BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha had cautioned allies in Bihar to pull up their socks or RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav “was waiting.”

Top BJP sources told the newspaper that with the return of the JD(U) to the NDA, the talks were focused on seat adjustment for the 2019 election. Another ally, the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP), led by Upendra Kushwaha, has openly demanded that seat distribution be done now.  “Taking note of the performance of the Opposition unity candidates in the recent by-polls, the BJP should discuss seat adjustment,” he said.