Separate invitation letters from Union Human Resources Development Minister MM Pallam Raju and Vice Chancellor of AMU reached the Chief Minister as well the state Education Minister PK Shahi.

Shahi, as well Secretary to the CM Atish Chandra, confirmed that the invitation was received.

Shahi said a decision on whether to go for the function will be taken after discussion with the Chief Minister, who is in Banka in connection with JD (U)'s 'Sankalp Rally' and will return to Patna on Wednesday evening.

"We will take a decision whether to go for the ceremony or not after assessing sincerity of the Centre to the project,” he said.

"We will see whether they are sincere towards the project and have made provision of fund for it or is it only a political discourse in view of coming elections before taking a decision," he said.

"He (Nitish) seems ill informed about the subject," Shahi added.

Shahi also made a scathing attack on the Union HRD Minister for writing in the invitation letter that AMU center at Kisanganj was a long pending project.

UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, accompanied by Pallam Raju, will be laying foundation stone of the AMU center at Kisanganj on Thursday.

Meanwhile, BPCC president Ashok Chaudhary told reporters at Kisanganj that AMU center is a "dream project" of party chief Sonia Gandhi and "the CM in the garb of AMU is trying to derive political advantage".

"People of Seemanchal area have rejected Nitish Kumar in the last two assembly elections as well in the Parliamentary polls. And this is why he is raking controversy to hoodwink support of minority Muslims," Chaudhary said.

(JPN/Agencies)

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