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After Hooda, Now Soren Booed by Crowds in Modi's Presence
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The politics of heckling in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi continued today with Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren becoming the third victim, while Maharashtra CM Prithiviraj Chavan refused to share the dais with Modi.

The war of words between Congress and BJP escalated over the issue as Jharkhand CM, an ally of Congress, alleged that heckling of opponents by BJP supporters at government functions in the presence of the Prime Minister amounted to "rape" of the delicate centre-state relations.

At a function in Ranchi, where Modi inaugurated a slew of development projects, Soren was hooted by the audience that included BJP activists. They chanted 'Modi, Modi' as soon as the JMM leader took the mike and his attempts to pacify the crowd by saying that he would try to be brief failed.

Soren, however, continued with his speech as Modi waved at the people for restraint. The shouts carried on all through Soren's speech.

"The PM must look into it...The federal system he talks about. I feel it is like raping the system, the tradition of the federal system. There is a plan to break it. And it is an attempt to play politics but it will not work for long," he said.

Soren said he was attending the function as a Chief Minister and not as a representative of any political party.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, who had to stop speaking midway after he was heckled by BJP supporters last Saturday at an event in Solapur, today skipped the 'bhumi-pujan' of a Metro project in Nagpur where Modi was also present.

Yesterday, announcing the boycott of Modi's function, Chavan had said the federal structure of the country has been undermined at the programmes in Congress-ruled states where the PM was present recently.

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was recently booed by a crowd at a public event in the Prime Minister's presence in Kaithal, after which he said he would never share the stage with him again.

Backing its chief ministers' stand, Congress today claimed there was an "orchestrated" and "well-planned conspiracy" behind such incidents and asserted that no one has the right to "humiliate" duly elected CMs.

AICC general secretary Ambika Soni said that Modi should immediately ask his partymen to desist from such acts and refused to accept BJP's argument that Congress needs to introspect on why the common man was unhappy with the state leadership. 

Soni said there is a "pattern" as all these states, where such incidents have happened, are facing elections.

Hitting back, BJP reminded Congress Chief Ministers not to breach constitutional propriety and termed the decision of Chavan and other CMs to skip the functions of the Prime Minister as "unfortunate".

The ruling party also told Congress Chief Ministers not to fall prey to the "complex arising due to the popularity" of Modi among the masses.

BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, "This type of negative politics will not help the Congress anyways. Congress can ignore Modi's dais but they cannot ignore his mantra of good governance and development."

He said the Congress, even after its humiliating defeat at the hustings, is not ready to see the ground reality.

"Instead of cleaning their face of the dust that has stuck to them in these polls, the Congressmen are cleaning the mirror," he said.

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Aug 22, 2014
10:45 AM

Hmmm Squealer's army of bleaters. {Ref is to Orwell's Animal Farm]

R. Saroja, Bombay
Aug 22, 2014
09:24 AM

Looking back one sees umpteen examples when opposition leaders and especially Modi was unfairly targeted by ruling dispensation of Congress and their reputation were sought to be trashed through low level character assasination attempts. But there are four major reasons why what happened at Kaithal was wrong. First,  Hooda has been one of the most dignified and fair CM. He has never insulted or unfairly targeted his opponents. Second, difference between vote share of Congress and BJP in Haryana during last elections is not all that much, Third even a recent media poll shows Hooda as first choice of people and last hasn`t BJP come to power claiming that it will change the public discourse for the better! 

col yogander singh, Mhow (MP)
Aug 21, 2014
07:46 PM

How many Indians can recall the way in which  Indian Prime Minister  Atal Bihari Vajpayee was humiliated, booed  and shamed by the Gujarati crowd when Atalji started to speak at a function  during his first  visit to Gujarat  in 2002  after the world famous  state sponsored genocide massacre POGROM masterminded by the CM . The function  to  turn out  to be a fiasco was masterminded  by  the same  MSTERMIND  to take revenge on the reported  counsel to Modi   by the  PRIME MINISTER   to  perorm RAJDHRAM  as a penance for the blood shed he committed on the people he was  duty bound to protect . It was also  reported that Modi deliberately created transport blockades   in the city  to prevent the people to attend the meeting of the PRIME MINISTER.  

This is the  TALENT  of the  crooked MASTERMIND  reigning India  now. What all havocs  will strike India is worth watching.  Goonda character and matching goonda bhakts following  with money flowing like a river in flood. . Immediate salvation for India is IMPOSSIBLE.   !!

teekaypee, kerala
Aug 21, 2014
05:51 PM

Soren will be out in the next polls. 

george, london
Aug 21, 2014
05:00 PM

Is booing a Nazi tendency or a fascist tendency?

Akash Verma, Chennai
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