Patna, Aug. 25 -- Bihar NDA leaders enjoyed a special relationship with Arun Jaitley, who was not only instrumental in installing the alliance's maiden government in the state in 2005, but also managed to wean Nitish back into the fold from his brief political venture with the RJD, eventually leading to the spectacular performance by the BJP-JD(U) combine in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

In fact, BJP sources say, it was Jaitley who clinched the seat-sharing deal between BJP, JD (U) and LJP by prevailing over BJP's national president Amit Shah to concede the promised Rajya Sabha seat to Ram Vilas Paswan's Lok Janashakti Party, besides six Lok Sabha seats from the state. "The party gave him weightage because he knew Bihar leaders very well," the...