New Delhi: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, a day after he had skipped Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s lunch party for opposition leaders on Friday.
Soon after their meeting, the PMO India tweeted an image where Nitish Kumar is seen meeting the Prime Minister.
“The Chief Minister of Bihar, Shri @NitishKumar met PM Shri @narendramodi in New Delhi today,” PMO India tweeted
Kumar had skipped Sonia Gandhi’s lunch party for opposition leaders on Friday pleading “prior engagements”, reports said.
PM Modi hosted the lunch in honour of visiting Mauritian Prime Minister Prabind Jugnauth. He has invited senior leaders of various political parties.
Kumar attending PM’s luncheon after rejecting the one hosted by Sonia Gandhi has raised questions and speculations about possible equations.
The programme was part of an attempt of Sonia Gandhi to gather opposition parties on a common platform for a groundwork towards a united opposition to the BJP-led NDA in the 2019 Parliamentary elections.
The Janata Dal (U) leader, however, told reporters that he had not skipped Gandhi’s programme as his party was represented by Sharad Yadav and there is nothing to read into his action.
“I had met Sonia ji in April and already discussed the issues which were discussed this time. This time she invited all the parties for lunch. Former national president of our party Sharad Yadav went for the lunch on behalf of JD (U). There is no such thing that I skipped the lunch. This is mere misinterpretation,” he said.
However, the wavering nature of acts and statements of Nitish Kumar in the recent times have contributed to public speculations. Once a part of the NDA, Kumar turned into a bitter political rival of the Prime Minister and ended his nearly two-decade-long alliance with the BJP.
However, after demonetisation, Kumar, unlike all other opposition leaders, praised Modi for his initiative. In recent days however he has not quite lived up to the reputation of a being sharp critic of PM Modi.
Very recently, he had huge praise for Modi while ruling himself out as a Prime Ministerial race for 2019 LS polls.
He said he didn’t have the “the aspiration or the ability” adding that, “the person in whom people will see potential will become the prime minister. People saw potential in Narendra Modi during the last elections and he has become the PM.”
This statement was interpreted by observers as Kumar’s withdrawal from PM race and his attempt to accept the “leadership” of Modi.
Image courtesy: PMO India Twitter page
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