Boycott Modi’s functions, Congress tells Opposition CMs, Prithviraj Chavan says he will skip it

The Nagpur metro rail project has blown up into a full-scale political war.

Written by Vivek Deshpande | Nagpur | Updated: August 20, 2014 9:51 pm
Prithviraj Chavan has decided not to attend a programme with the Prime Minister fearing ruckus by BJP workers. Prithviraj Chavan has decided not to attend a programme with the Prime Minister fearing ruckus by BJP workers.

A day after Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was booed at a function attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Congress on Wednesday said there was a “design” behind such incidents and said no self-respecting opposition chief minister should attend the “political functions” of Modi.

This came even as Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said he would not attend the function on Thursday in which Modi will inaugurate the Nagpur metro rail project. Chavan, who was also booed at a recent function at Solapur, cited “possibility of ruckus by BJP workers” as one of the reasons for his decision.

Party sources said many Congress leaders were of the view that as far as possible Congress chief ministers should follow only the minimum
protocol during the prime minister’s visit and not be rushing to attend his functions as such incidents can be “engineered” by the BJP for political gains in poll-bound states. Congress president Sonia Gandhi has also been apprised of the view in writing. There is a likelihood that the leadership may ask its chief ministers to adopt a cautious approach. Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren should be cautious. It’s not only about Congress chief ministers. All self-respecting chief ministers of the opposition should avoid political functions of Modi, which are being held in the name of public functions,”  AICC general secretary in-charge for Haryana Shakeel Ahmed was quoted by PTI as saying.

His reaction came a day after the Hooda faced embarrassment during the foundation stone laying function of a highway project by Modi in Haryana. As he rose to deliver his speech, the crowd raised slogans against him and the Congress government. There was continuous hooting against the two-time Chief Minister of Haryana, which goes to polls in October, and pro-Modi slogans were raised, much to Hooda’s discomfort. Later, Hooda blamed BJP for the incident.

Ahmed said that this seems to be the modus operandi of the BJP and Modi to embarrass opposition chief ministers in poll-bound states. “This has happened both in Haryana and Maharashtra. Party cadre are called to embarrass chief ministers of other parties deliberately,” he said.

Citing the reasons behind his decision to skip the Nagpur function, Chavan told The Indian Express, “No invitation letter was received from Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu, no communication received on whether the project has received approval of the Union Cabinet and the possibility of ruckus by BJP workers as it happened to Haryana CM Hooda the other day.”

He was also critical of Modi’s jibe at him in Solapur. “He asked me why I didn’t seek coal from the UPA government for power projects. Is this the way to say things,” Chavan said.

Asked if he was open to attending the programme should he get the invite, Chavan said, “I can’t decide that now. And also what about the possibility of ruckus like the way it happened in Haryana the other day? It all seems to be going in a planned manner.”


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  1. Subhash Bennur
    Aug 20, 2014 at 11:15 pm
    Congress must learn to face the wrath of the people , not staying in their own sonia cocoon!
    1. S
      Aug 21, 2014 at 5:01 am
      Hindustan, you had margenalized the anti-Hindu Congress.They are not yet satisfied. Give them a good knock-out blow.
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        DK Sharma
        Aug 21, 2014 at 2:39 pm
        There is a wind of change sweeping the country. If any so called secular Neta prides in his pority, let him share the stage with Modi and know his status.Congress has rightly advised its allies not to attend the function where Modi is present otherwise public will shoo them away. and will chant Modi Modi Modi.
        1. D
          Aug 20, 2014 at 9:13 pm
          Congress knows that it's party leaders are immensely unpor and stand no chance in front of Modi's pority with Indian mes ... and would invariably always be booed at any public gathering.
          1. R
            Rangaesh Gadasalli
            Aug 20, 2014 at 6:08 pm
            these CMs unfortunately are not por and are facing elections. Modi is very por and is coming with plans and programs to help all.The CMs should talk about what they have done,achived in the past five years and come out with a good speech. Being Maharshtra CM he can speak in Marathi and inspiire his Modi can not speak Marathi. Boycotting PM will be suicidal. let us not forget that Manmohan singh abused his office worst to har, target opposition CMs and we know how they hared Modi, high courts, SIT, CBI and interrogation and what not. They used governors to byp the state embly laws. tables have turned. after the next round of state elections, congress wont be the single largest party in Rajyasabha and only one man will sit with them. that is Owaisssi from Hyderabad. Too bad. you guys never learn. This is what happens when one uneducated family takes over every thing.
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