Nitish rejects suggestions of growing bonhomie between him and PM Modi, says went to discuss Bihar issues

His latest move only strengthens rumours of increasing bonhomie between the JD-U president and the ruling BJP.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 27, 2017 7:25 pm
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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the national capital, a day after he skipped the luncheon meeting organised by Congress President Sonia Gandhi for opposition leaders. While rejecting any suggestions of growing bonhomie between him and PM Modi, Nitish said he met to discuss Bihar related issues. After the meeting, the Bihar CM told the media about the issue of silt in Ganga, which he discussed with the Prime Minister. “The issue of silt in Ganga is getting serious, there is a danger of flood. I thought I should meet PM on this issue separately,” Kumar was quoted as saying by ANI, adding that he had met Sonia Gandhi on April 20 to discuss opposition unity and presidential election.

READ: Three years of Modi govt: Nitish Kumar and the art of practical politics in Bihar – and at the Centre

The chief minister also clarified to the media that it was not a political meeting but a regular PM-CM meeting. “I did not meet him in the capacity of the JD(U) chief but as the state chief minister. It was not a political meeting. Why is the media reading too much into it?” he said. He also refused to entertain questions from media persons about allegations of corruption against his ally – RJD chief Lalu Prasad – and his family members. There are allegations and counter allegations, he said, claiming that he responded only to “facts.”

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Nitish met Modi after attending a lunch hosted by the Prime Minister for his Mauritian counterpart Pravind Jugnauth.

The PMO confirmed the news in a tweet: “The Chief Minister of Bihar, Shri @NitishKumar met PM Shri @narendramodi in New Delhi today,” the PMO tweeted.

Nitish is in the capital on PM Modi’s invite. His latest move only strengthens rumours of increasing bonhomie between the JD-U president and the ruling BJP. The Bihar CM had famously supported Modi’s controversial demonetisation move even as other Opposition parties had widely denounced it. More recently, he said he was not in the race for prime minister’s post while stating that Modi was elected as PM because people saw “potential” in him. The JD-U chief has also chosen not to comment on recent Income Tax raids on ally RJD chief Lalu Prasad over benami land deals.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi had earlier organised a luncheon meeting, which was attended by the leaders of 17 parties, as part of efforts to forge an opposition unity particularly in the context of upcoming presidential polls. Kumar had on Friday sought to downplay his absence from Gandhi’s meeting.

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  1. P
    May 28, 2017 at 6:22 am
    What is there to discuss with a champion of myths and lies.If it is employment generation then bjp head has clearly stated that jobs can be forgotten however you can take a stick and walk behind cows and become self emplo .
    1. S
      Sujatha Selvam
      May 28, 2017 at 12:59 am
      Nitish Kumar should understand that going close to BJP is equivalent to going near a cobra - a certain death. He should understand that BJP is not coming closer to him because it wants to help him or his party, but to capture power in Bihar. The people of Bihar voted you and Lalu Prasad Yadav to power with full confidence. You are not supposed to deceive them.
      1. H
        May 27, 2017 at 8:02 pm
        Lalu and his Family must be ting bricks.The day they lost sense of propotion after the win in Bihar it was clear that Nitish was not going to put up with trash and by meeting he Modi he has set the cat among pigeons.Jai Ho.Modi will go all out to make Lalu and his bankrupt after seizing all the ill gotton wealth
        1. C
          May 27, 2017 at 7:50 pm
          Among the opposition leaders he is the only some what sensible guy. Probably he met PM to deslit not Ganga but the minds of other corrupt guys.He should join hands with PM for the sake of nation/citizens progress off course even for his own. Jaihind
          1. S
            May 27, 2017 at 6:05 pm
            I am consistently emphasizing the need of joining Mr.Nitish Kumar with PM MODI for the sake of India and for the sake of both the parties. The ideology of both the leaders and significantly both have unique views as great leaders. It is our sincere and earnest desire to merge both the parties and even Mr.Nitish Kumar can shoulder the responsibility as Deputy PM !!! If so, 2019, the victory for these parties will be sealed and from today they start working towards the goal which is better for India. India, Please Think and Support this Noble Cause. Also in South Mr.Rajini Kanth has to be convinced to join BJP and in the next election, Rajini will be the popular BJP CM !!!! I am sure if the above happen, India will be safe and will move towards developments without any doubt. Hope most of the peoeple will agree . Jai Hind !!
            1. Nagar Iyer
              May 27, 2017 at 7:49 pm
              Nitish knows fully well Modi will remain our PM as long as he wants to or at least till 2034. NDA Govt has successfully seized 10 trillions from the 'sickular looters' through demonetization. This money has been forwarded as 'unsecured, interest free loans' to 7 crore 'small entrepreneurs' which has resulted in gainful employment to around 8 crore people. Center will seize another 60 trillion worth of BENAMI PROPERTIES from these 'sickular thieves' in the next 2 years - a process which is already ongoing. Imagine what kind of game Govt will play with 60 Trillion. Finally ets stashed abroad - 400 lakh crores approximately will be brought back in the next 5-6 years. All these loots will be distributed among the real owners - people of India. IN THE NEXT 2 YEARS INDIA WILL NOT ONLY BECOME 'CONGRESS MUKT'. ALL OTHER SICKULAR PARTIES WILL BE TOTALLY DECIMATED.
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