After skipping opposition meet, Nitish to attend PM's lunch  

There has been speculation about a tie-up between JD(U) and the BJP, something Kumar has repeatedly refuted.

Published: 26th May 2017 08:04 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th May 2017 08:04 PM   |  A+A-

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who skipped a luncheon meet of opposition parties today, is likely to be present at the lunch Prime Minister Narendra Modi is hosting tomorrow for visiting Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth.

Sharad Yadav and K C Tyagi represented JD(U) 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 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.

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