#Nitish Kumar

 Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday held a high-level meeting in the backdrop of heavy rain reported from several districts in the state and a flood alert sounded by the Met department for the next few days, official sources said.

The remark by Modi, one of the seniormost leaders of the BJP in Bihar, comes in the wake of a "personal opinion" expressed by party MLC Sanjay Paswan a couple of days ago that Kumar should move to the Centre instead of running for the fourth consecutive term.

Former finance minister Arun Jaitley was cremated at the Nigambodh Ghat here with full State honours on Sunday in the presence of leaders from across the political spectrum and scores of his admirers and party workers.

The spectacle took place on Wednesday at Mishras ancestral village Balua Bazar in Supaul district, where the Chief Minister was himself present.

Others who visited the All India Institute of Medical Sciences to enquire about his health are Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, BJP's Satish Upadhyay and Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, the sources said.

The viral disease had claimed the lives of more than 150 children in the state, especially in Muzaffarpur which alone witnessed over 130 deaths in its two hospitals.

A presentation was made on Wednesday before Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on the social and economic survey of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) affected families of the state.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday said his government will send a memorandum to the Centre seeking financial assistance following an assessment of the damage caused by floods in the state.