The Mauritius government had invited Nitish Kumar to be the chief guest at the function on November 2.
Mauritius' high commissioner to India Jagdishwar Goburdhun had personally met the chief minister to deliver the invitation to him on September 26.
Janata Dal United (JDU) national general-secretary Shyam Rajak said on Sunday:
There is no programme of our chief minister to visit Mauritius.
Asked why Nitish was not attending the programme even though most of the indentured labourers hailed from Bihar and parts of Uttar Pradesh, Shyam said:
You should ask the reasons from him (Nitish) only.
Brijesh Mehrotra, principal secretary in the cabinet secretariat department that looks after foreign visits of ministers, said he had no intimation about the chief minister's Mauritius visit. A source close to the chief minister said:
The chief minister did not want to go to Mauritius as he has been there twice before, and does not want to go to the same place again and again. No application was sent to the Union ministry of external affairs to seek permission for visiting a foreign country.
Other sources close to Nitish Kumar also said that the chief minister did not want to visit Mauritius as he wants to focus on development works in the state amid a situation in which the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the largest party in the state Assembly which is in the Opposition now, is trying to corner the state government over law and order and hooch deaths.