The Bihar Post

7 years after dinner cancellation, PM Modi will dine with new-found friend Nitish Kumar

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PATNA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting Bihar to undertake aerial survey of the flood-affected areas on Saturday (August 26).

What though is significant with the visit is that the PM will dine with his new-found friend, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar who earlier had cancelled dinner for BJP leaders over the issue of Modi.

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The chief minister had hosted the dinner in hounor of visiting BJP leaders who included LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitely, Venkaiah Naidu and seven chief ministers of BJP-ruled states.

Among the seven chief ministers was Narendra Modi, then chief minister of Gujarat.

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All had come to Patna attend the national executive meeting of the BJP held in June 2010.

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However, chief minister Nitish Kumar announced sudden cancellation of diner irked at a BJP advertisement issued to local newspapers which showed him shaking hands with Modi, in a severe embarrassment to the BJP.

The chief minister didn’t stop at that. He also returned Rs seven crore cheque to the Gujarat government which it had donated for the victims of 2008 Kosi flood victims.

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Kumar again embarrassed Modi when he flagged off the anti-corruption Rath Yatra of BJP patriarch LK Advani from Sitabdiara, the birth place of veteran socialist leader Jai Prakash Narayan in Bihar, in October 2011.

Reports said Advani had earlier planned to launch his yatra from Gujarat but later rushed to get support of Nitish Kumar after not getting desired response from Modi.

Featured Image Caption: This is the photograph which had led to cancellation of dinner for BJP leaders in Patna seven years back

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