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After Hooda, Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren faces jeers from crowd as he shares stage with Modi

Addressing a public meeting Modi said that Jharkhand has the potential to be developed many times more than Gujarat.

By: Press Trust of India Written by Deepu Sebastian Edmond | Ranchi | Updated: August 22, 2014 3:18 am
hemant-480 Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren in Ranchi on Thursday. (Source: PTI)

Another non-BJP chief minister was booed for the second time in three days at a government function attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren was jeered by the audience in Ranchi as he began his speech at an event where Modi laid the foundation stone for six projects. This follows the August 19 function where the Congress CM of Haryana, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, was hooted down by BJP supporters in Kaithal, after which he said he would not share the dais with the PM.


Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan, also of the Congress, too face similar ignominy and had announced on Wednesday that he would not be attending the PM’s event in Nagpur.

As soon as Soren, who heads the JMM coalition government in the state, started to speak extempore, the jeering began. BJP vice-president Raghubar Das was seen waving to the people asking them to calm down. This worked for a moment but after two minutes the crowd started chanting “Modi Modi” in what resembled PM’s poll meetings.


Soren, however, remained unfazed and told Modi, “If your government can help boost tourism in this state, we can end Naxalism without firing even one bullet.” But after a few faux pas — he began addressing Modi as “adhyaksh mahoday,” a term he uses to address the  Speaker in the Assembly — the situation worsened. Towards the end of the 15-minute speech, some BJP MLAs were seen grinning at the CM’s plight.


Modi, who spoke after Soren, made no reference to the booing by the crowd. Angered by the hooting, Soren later termed it as “rape of democracy”,  while his party demanded a public apology from Modi, threatening to boycott all events with Union ministers. “The unseemly and disrespectful approach during my speech is rape of the democratic system,” Soren was quoted as saying by the PTI. “It’s an insult to the state and its people,” he said.

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  1. A
    Aug 21, 2014 at 9:58 am
    It may be noted that Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was also booed by "sections of audience".Note how the paid media tries hard to label the neutral crowd of Congress miss-administered states who are fed up with Congress secularism and deeds, cheering for a loved leader.
    1. A
      Aug 21, 2014 at 2:31 pm
      We all know Mr Modi is now the Prime Minister of India, a country of 1.2 billion Human beings .Least your esteemed paper can start stopping putting 'Modi' quite often, its derogatory even for a normal gentleman, unless the writer presumes Mr Modi's achievements are nothing compared to his
      1. G
        Aug 22, 2014 at 2:08 am
        BJP RSS goons should draw some line of rationalism instead of hero worship of a person who is not so hero except for some rhetoric for which India is best known for. With unrelenting steep price rise it's really Har Ghar Modi!
        1. J
          Aug 21, 2014 at 8:13 pm
          jai will not fill your belly goa and work make yourself instead of rubber stamp
          1. M
            Mayur Belur
            Aug 21, 2014 at 2:19 pm
            Har Har modi Ghar Ghar Modi
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