Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who didn't attend Sonia Gandhi's lunch party for opposition leaders citing the reason of officials engagements will lunch with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PM Modi is hosting lunch in honour of visiting Mauritian Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth and has invited senior leaders like Kumar. The Congress is trying to gather opposition parties on a common platform to test the ground for a possible alliance of parties to take on the BJP in the 2019 national election when PM Modi will seek a second term. "I was invited by PM in honour of Mauritius Prime Minister and you know we have deep emotional bonds with people there. 52 per cent of population there has origins in Bihar," Nitish Kumar explained . Earlier, he slipped in praise for the PM when he ruled himself out as a Prime Ministerial candidate in 2019. 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, he has become the PM."