Hailing the meeting between Nitish Kumar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Mauritian counterpart Pravind Jugnauth, the Janata Dal (United) on Sunday asserted that it was the duty of the Bihar Chief Minister to be present for the gathering as it was an honour.
“A relation between the Chief Minister with the Prime Minister is totally professional and so was his visit which was professional as well as confidential where no one should comment on it. We are proud and happy that Nitish ji had also met Mauritian counterpart Pravind Jugnauth. It was the Chief Minister’s duty to be present on being invited,” JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said.
Echoing similar views, another JD (U) leader K. C. Tyagi stated that if opposition wants to comment on it they are free to do so.
“Nitish ji had made himself very clear before he could meet Prime Minister Modi stating that it is a political visit. If others want to comment on it then we cannot hold or stop them. Nitish Kumar met Prime Minister Modi only after attending a lunch hosted by him for his Mauritian counterpart Pravind Jugnauth. It is a proud moment for all of us,” he added.
The Bihar Chief Minister met Prime Minister Modi in the capital, a day after he skipped the luncheon meeting organised by Congress president Sonia Gandhi for the opposition leaders.
“The chief minister of Bihar, Shri @NitishKumar met PM Shri @narendramodi in New Delhi today,” the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) tweeted.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar met Prime Minister Narendra Modi amid the buzz about growing bonhomie between the two leaders.
Dismissing any link between the two meetings, the Kumar told reporters after the meeting that it was “apolitical” and that “too much was being read into” it. He insisted it was a usual interaction between the prime minister and a chief minister.
Asked if he was contemplating to come back to the NDA, Kumar brushed aside the suggestion, saying, “What do these things mean? You (media) are needlessly doing a political analysis, to compare the two meetings is a misinterpretation,” he said.
“I did not meet him (PM) 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.
Kumar did not take questions from journalists about allegations of corruption against his ally– RJD chief Lalu Prasad– and his family members.
Kumar earlier did not attend a luncheon hosted by Gandhi and instead deputed senior JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav .