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After skipping opposition meet, Nitish Kumar to attend PM Modi’s lunch

LiveMint logoLiveMint 26-05-2017 PTI

New Delhi: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, who skipped a luncheon meet of opposition parties on Friday, is likely to be present at the lunch Prime Minister Narendra Modi is hosting on Saturday for visiting Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth.

Sharad Yadav and K.C. Tyagi represented Janata Dal (United) or JDU at the lunch hosted by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi where Kumar, who is the party president, was conspicuous by his absence. 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 Bharatiya Janata Party (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 Rashtriya Janata Dal (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. People close to Kumar have often rubbished reports about any bonhomie between him and the BJP.

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