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Patna: Bihar chief minister-designate Nitish Kumar on Wednesday invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the oath ceremony of his new government on Friday.

Kumar talked to the prime minister over the phone and extended his invitation for the oath function at Gandhi Maidan at 2pm on 20 November, people in the chief minister’s office said.

With the four-day Chhath festival ending Wednesday, Kumar called upon prominent leaders to personally to invite them for the swearing-in ceremony of the new government.

Basistha Narayan Singh, president of the Bihar unit of Janata Dal (United), or JD(U), said that inviting the prime minister was a political etiquette, and it was now on him whether to come or not.

When asked about the invitation, Bihar BJP vice-president Sanjay Mayukh said that the prime minister, due to his “prior fixed programmes", might not be able to attend the ceremony. He said parliamentary affairs minister Venkaiah Naidu and minister of state (independent charge) Rajiv Pratap Rudy would represent the central government at the swearing-in function.

The prime minister had congratulated Kumar on the day of the poll results on 8 November over the grand alliance’s massive victory in Bihar.

Meanwhile, Bihar Congress president Ashok Choudhary said party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, in all likelihood, will attend the swearing-in function.

Chief ministers of other states, including Mamata Banerjee of West Bengal, Arvind Kejriwal of Delhi, Tarun Gogoi of Assam) and Akhilesh Yadav of Uttar Pradesh, are expected to attend the ceremony.

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