Nitish Kumar gives Sonia’s lunch a miss, set to meet PM Modi on Saturday

The reports of Nitish Kumar likely to attend a lunch organised by PM Modi and his absence from Sonia Gandhi’s feast added to the growing speculation about a tie-up between JD(U) and the BJP.

india Updated: May 26, 2017 20:49 IST
New Delhi
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Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar during a program in New Delhi on May 18.(HT File Photo)

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, who skipped a luncheon meet of opposition parties on Friday, is likely to be present at the lunch which will be hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday for visiting Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth.

The Janata Dal United chief was conspicuous by his absence at the lunch organized by Congress President Sonia Gandhi, which was attended by his party leaders Sharad Yadav and K C Tyagi .

There has been speculation about a tie-up between JD(U) and the BJP, something Kumar has repeatedly refuted. JD(U) had broken its 17-year alliance with BJP in 2013 after Narendra Modi was declared the saffron party’s prime ministerial candidate.

Such conjecture has grown following the Supreme Court’s decision to try RJD chief Lalu Prasad in four fodder scam cases and fresh allegations of corruption against him and his family members.

Kumar heads the JD(U)-RJD-Congress coalition government in Bihar. The chief minister has maintained a silence on the allegations against the RJD supremo and his kin, merely saying it was for the central government to look into them.

During a recent visit to Delhi he had reportedly stressed on a larger opposition unity against the BJP-led NDA. He had also met Gandhi.

Sources close to Kumar have often rubbished reports about any bonhomie between him and the BJP

First Published: May 26, 2017 19:46 IST