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Is PM Modi really humiliating Nitish Kumar? A sequence of recent developments tells so…

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PATNA: Cancellation of official function is nothing new, doesn’t make any news but it’s indeed a “serious setback” for Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar if what RJD chief Lalu Prasad saying is true.

The state government had been busy for long to make the two-day meet of power ministers a grand success.

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The seriousness emanated from the fact that the meet was scheduled to be organized in Rajgir in Nalanda, the home district of the chief minister.

The chief minister himself visited Rajgir last week apparently to oversee the overall arrangements being made for the occasion. The meet was scheduled to begin from November 10.

Earlier this week on Tuesday, a top official in the Nitish Kumar government even held a Press conference at the Vidyut Bhawan in Patna to provide all details to the media with regard to the meet.

The stage for the function was ready and a musical troupe from Mumbai too had landed in Patna to entertain the guests attending the meet but it was cancelled at the last moment, citing “unavoidable reasons”.

But, the RJD president claims this was intentionally done to “humiliate” the chief minister who had done similar things to humiliate the BJP earlier.

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“What’s the reason behind cancellation of the meet in a huff? Was it done by the Centre just to embarrass the state government similar to what Nitish Kumar had done in 2010 when he cancelled the lunch in honour of then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi?” Prasad asked the media on Friday.

He said the cancellation had dealt a severe blow to the image of the chief minister who spent three days in Rajgir supervising preparations for the function and reportedly spent Rs 60 crores sprucing up the town.

According to him, the reason cited for cancellation of the meet doesn’t sound logical.

“If the power minister was not available for the function, senior power official should have attended it,” he explained.

This was the fourth time in quick succession that the chief minister suffered humiliation from the Narendra Modi and his government.

In August, the Prime Minister had cancelled dinner at the residence of the chief minister Nitish Kumar in Patna and then didn’t induct any leaders from JD-U in his Cabinet during the recent Cabinet expansion.

Again the Prime Minister refused to grant the central status to the 100-year-old Patna University despite emotional appeal by the chief minister.

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