The July 7 Council poll is being considered as semi-final before the assembly elections to be held later this year. Sushil Modi went to Manjhi's residence and the two leaders had a closed door meeting that lasted for more than one hour.

When contacted, Sushil Modi told reporters that he had gone to Manjhi's residence to congratulate him for his decision to join the NDA for the coming Bihar poll. "We discussed current political situation in Bihar," Modi told reporters. The BJP leader said he urged Manjhi to campaign for NDA nominees in the coming election for 24 seats of the Legislative Council from local bodies and he agreed to the proposal.

Asked if they had talks over assembly elections also, Sushil Modi, who served as deputy chief Minister during NDA rule said, "Right now we are concentrating on Legislative Council poll only." BJP is contesting in 18 seats in the Council election slated for July 7, while ally LJP has fielded candidates in four and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) of Union Minister of state Upendra Kushwaha in two.

Asked if BJP would have tie up with expelled RJD MP Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav, who has floated Jan Adhikar Party, Sushil Modi stated, "No proposal to this effect has come from any other party."

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