The Bihar Post

Tit-for-tat? Major embarrassment for Nitish Kumar as PM Modi ‘spurns’ his lunch offer

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PATNA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a significant move has cancelled his earlier plan to visit Patna during his tour of flood-hit region on Saturday.

What the cancellation of his Patna visit also means is the Prime minister “spurning” lunch offer by Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar who himself had once cancelled the dinner hosted in honour of the visiting BJP leaders.

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As per the earlier itinerary widely publicized in the local media, the Prime Minister was scheduled to visit the official residence of chief minister Kumar in Patna and have lunch with him after  conducting an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas of Bihar.

As per the changed plan, the PM will now land at the Chunapur airport at 10 am, conduct an aerial survey of the flooded region for about an hour and then fly back to Delhi soon thereafter. The chief minister will meet the PM at the Chunapur airport itself.

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The change in PM’s itinerary comes shortly after RJD chief Lalu Prasad took a dig at the PM saying how the latter will now dine with Nitish Kumar who had once snatched his plate away seven years back.

“Nitish Kumar had once snatched the plate away from him (Modi) by cancelling the dinner. Now, he is hosting the lunch for the Prime Minister,” was how Prasad mocked talking to the media on Thursday.

The Bihar chief minister had earlier suddenly cancelled the diner being hosted in the honour of BJP leaders after the BJP ran an advertisement in local newspapers which showed him shaking hands with Modi, in a severe embarrassment to the BJP. The BJP leaders had come to Patna attend the national executive meeting of the party in June 2010.

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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