Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi at a lunch organised to honour Mauritius Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth. After the meeting, Nitish Kumar clarified by saying his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi had nothing to do with politics and he just wanted to discuss issues related to the state. “Issue of silt in Ganga is getting serious, there is a danger of flood. I thought I should meet PM on this issue separately”, the Bihar chief minister was quoted saying by ANI. Speaking to reporters the Bihar chief minister said he “only reacts on facts and not on speculations.”
This meeting took place just one day after Nitish Kumar skipped a lunch hosted by Congress president Sonia Gandhi for the opposition party leaders. Talking about that, the chief minister said he had already met Sonia Gandhi on April 20 and discussed on the Presidential election and also Presidential polls, “Had met Soniaji on April 20 and discussed opposition unity, presidential election”, he was quoted as saying by ANI.
Earlier in the day, Nitish Kumar attended the lunch organised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in honour of his visiting Mauritius counterpart Anerood Jugnauth. Nitish Kumar’s decision to meet the prime minister had raised speculation on raising bonhomie between the JD(U) and the BJP, the Indian Express said. Late last year he had supported NDA Government’s demonetisation steps, even as other Opposition parties had slammed the Centre’s move.
Recently, Nitish Kumar had said he was not in the race for prime minister’s post. The Bihar chief minister had further said that Narendra Modi was elected to the post as people saw “potential” in him. The JD(U) president also did not to comment on recent Income Tax raids on ally RJD chief Lalu Prasad over benami land deals, the report added. The Sonia Gandhi luncheon meeting yesterday was aimed at projecting a united face of the Opposition parties. JD(U) was represented by senior party leaders K C Tyagi and Sharad Yadav.
Those who had attended the meeting include leaders of Trinamool Congress, CPI(M), Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party. NCP chief Sharad Pawar, RJD chief Lalu Prasad and DMK’s Kanimozhi Omar Abdullah of the National Conference also attended the meeting, the Indian Express report said further.