Shunning Modi: Check protocol first, CM Prithviraj Chavan tells opposition

I followed the protocol in Mumbai. But the function at Nagpur does not involve any protocol issue, said Chavan.

Written by Ajay Khape | Pune | Updated: August 23, 2014 10:22 pm
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. (Source: Express photo) “I had followed the protocol by welcoming the  PM and attended all the three functions with him in Mumbai, the function at Nagpur does not involve any protocol issue”, he said

Hitting out at BJP for creating controversy over his not attending the foundation stone laying ceremony for Nagpur metro rail, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Satuarday 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 chief minister not following the protocol do not know the rules,” Chavan told reporters after inaugurating the various buildings of newly set Kundal Academy of Development Administration and Management in Sangli.

He said that the protocol says the chief minister should welcome the prime minister during his visit to the state capital. “I had followed the protocol by welcoming prime minister in Mumbai and had attended all the three functions with him in Mumbai,” Chavan said, adding, 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 prime minister Narendra Modi, he said, adding, “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 presence of prime minister.

The chief minister further said that 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 NCP would jointly campaign during the state assembly polls as done during Lok Sabha elections.

Earlier, he expressed the need to focus on forest conservation saying the 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 situation in the state.

The chief minister felicitated the forest staff that made significant contribution in forest conservation in the state and also the joint forest committee that helped change the geographical situation in the area.

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  1. A
    Aug 23, 2014 at 5:11 pm
    But what can Namo do if the public boo boo's someone ?
  2. G
    Aug 25, 2014 at 8:18 pm
    Buddy it is not the conspiracy theory.. see I am not being pro congress or anti modi.. but prevention of the dignity of prime executive authority of the country/state should be above any such cheap thing by any individual.And if it's only because Modi is prolific speaker, then why only these non BJP people sharing stage with modi are being hooted, people are liking whatever other BJP leaders have to say.. but not their own CM !! Wow!!
  3. G
    Aug 24, 2014 at 7:19 pm
    I strongly disagree with your opinion, Soren and Hooda were also hooted.. If you say this is by those "some" BJP supporters, this means that they were present at all 3 venues..which is IIndeed impossible.It won't take a rocket scientist to understand the cheap gimmick of BJP.. Come on!!
  4. G
    Aug 28, 2014 at 7:05 am
    The BJP have achieved already, Mr. Prithviraj Chauhan was not there to share the credit of Metro Rail, in spite of batting hard for the metro rail projects in Nagpur and Pune. Credit politics you see..
  5. J
    John Dsouza
    Aug 24, 2014 at 7:48 am
    All this hooting is a cheap gimmick stage managed by BJP supporters. Modi does not have the capability or quality of being a thorough statesman.
  6. K
    Aug 23, 2014 at 5:04 pm
    Do u even know what you are talking about? Your comment is not just oxymoron but a moronic one. :-)
  7. S
    Aug 23, 2014 at 6:07 pm
    It is unfortunate that some Modi supporters didn't show kind of respect they should have shown to CM when they shared stage with Modi. I am quite confident that neither Modi nor BJP wanted this.While I sympathize with non BJP CMs on this matter, I find it silly for Congress to allege conspiracy in it. If Congress CMs don't share stage with Modi, their pority will be negatively impacted and their politics will only backfire.Someone in BJP leadership needs to tell its supporters to behave better. Congress supporters need to tell their leaders to be more mature.
  8. S
    Aug 26, 2014 at 6:24 pm
    Not sure if you noticed but other BJP leaders in presence of Modi have given very short speeches knowing well that people are there to listen to Modi. For sake of argument if we were to pretend that it is actually BJP's conspiracy to have people boo other CMs, I wonder what will they even achieve from that other than getting bad name.Once again, I am saying that people are wrong in booing non BJP leaders, they do need to show respect to CMs of their state. But I disagree with blaming it on BJP.
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