‘Didn’t violate protocol by skipping PM function’

Chavan said the Congress and the NCP would jointly campaign during the state Assembly polls.

Written by Ajay Khape | Mumbai | Published:August 24, 2014 12:27 am
Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan

Hitting out at the BJP for creating a controversy over his not attending the foundation stone laying ceremony for Nagpur metro rail, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Saturday said the opposition should first go through the protocol before making hue and cry over the issue.

“I did not violate any protocol meant for the prime minister of the country. Those who are making an issue of me as a chief minister not following the protocol do not know the rules,” Chavan told reporters after inaugurating various buildings of newly set Kundal Academy of Development Administration and Management in Sangli.

He said the protocol states that the chief minister should welcome the prime minister during his visit to the state capital. “I had followed the protocol by welcoming the prime minister in Mumbai and had attended all the three functions with him in Mumbai,” Chavan said, adding that the function at Nagpur does not involve any protocol issue.

“The BJP was purposely trying to insult the chief minister of other states at the function attended by the prime minister Narendra Modi. I ignored the wrong treatment given to me at a function in Solapur but the same happened at Haryana and Jharkand where the chief ministers of respective states had a bad experience of BJP activists raising slogans against them in the presence of the prime minister,” he said.

The chief minister further said the state government would lay foundation stone for work on phase three of Mumbai metro for which the Union Urban Development Minister Venkiah Naidu have been invited.

Chavan said the Congress and the NCP would jointly campaign during the state Assembly polls as done during the Lok Sabha elections.

Earlier, he had expressed the need to focus on forest conservation saying that drought-like situation is being experienced due to the reduction in green cover and it was necessary to take up tree plantation drive and forest conservation efforts to avoid drought situations in the state.

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  1. A
    Ashok Sridharan
    Aug 24, 2014 at 10:49 am
    And who do we vote to power in his place? Rahul 'RTI, women's empowerment' hi?
  2. G
    Aug 24, 2014 at 6:08 pm
    Prithviraj Chavan is not BJP lover. He is BJP hater. He needs not attending any of Modi's lectures. In fact, he should count down his days in governing Maharashtra.
  3. H
    Aug 24, 2014 at 11:48 am
    CM: please pack up yours and your colleagues bags; enough for your party in the crucial state of Maharashtra, which must be under BJP rule now; PS: the most important one is the hopeless pawar; take him with you guys; best of luck and take rest. you guys will not even win as MLAS
  4. H
    Aug 24, 2014 at 11:49 am
    ran away from a mental asylum? or political frustration like cong party members? OR both?
  5. R
    Raveendra Reddy
    Aug 24, 2014 at 10:54 am
    We don't care if you are scared of sharing the dais. But you are cheating the people who elected you and running away from public ire.
  6. K
    Krishan K
    Aug 24, 2014 at 2:04 am
    Modi must be dumped by the same very public who elected him sooner than later.
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