With Bihar polls, due later this year, seen as a crucial test for the saffron party after it was routed in the Delhi Assembly elections, Shah stressed the BJP is giving it "great importance" and expressed confidence that the party will get a majority in the state it has never ruled on its own.
    
Asked whether his party would go to polls with existing allies or join hands with likes of Manjhi and expelled RJD MP Pappu Yadav, he said, "Presently, talks are on. Our doors are open."
    
Party sources said the BJP may ally with Manjhi, who comes from politically crucial Mahadalit community. However, the party is unlikely to join hands with Pappu Yadav.

Asked if the Bihar election is litmus-test for him after the defeat in Delhi, Shah said every poll is a "test" for him and went on to add  the party is taking it very seriously.

Ram Vilas Paswan-led LJP and Upendra Kushwaha-led RLSP are BJP's existing allies in the state.
    
The BJP is pulling out all stops to vanquish its former ally, JD(U) leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who has joined hands with RJD's Lalu Prasad. With differences between Kumar and Prasad coming to fore, the BJP believes it can wrest the state from the two Bihar satraps who together have been ruling it for the last 25 years.

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