Nitish attends dinner hosted by Modi for President Mukherjee's farewell
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, a Congress ally, attended a farewell dinner hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bid farewell to outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday.
Nitish had earlier said that he will attend President-elect Ram Nath Kovind's oath ceremony on Tuesday in a separate trip to the capital.
Mukherjee will be given a farewell by Members of Parliament on Sunday in the Central Hall of Parliament.
Mukherjee, who is also the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, was given a farewell by the Chiefs of Staff Committee on Friday.
Earlier in the day, Nitish Kumar met Rahul Gandhi for half an hour in Delhi. During the meeting, told the Congress vice president that the Congress leadership must stop defending 'tainted' Lalu Prasad family.
The conversation between Nitish Kumar and Rahul Gandhi comes at a time their coalition in Bihar, the Mahagatbandhan, is in serious trouble amid corruption charges against ally Lalu Yadav and his family, including son Tejashwi who is Deputy Chief Minister.
The running feud between RJD, JD(U) is getting shriller with every passing day as JD (U) is demanding deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav to come clean on the corruption charges against him. Yesterday, JD (U) hit back at a senior RJD leader who had ruled out Tejaswi Yadav's resignation over a graft case and made light of the party's claim of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's "sacrifice" in forming the anti-BJP coalition in Bihar.