Sena defends, SAD decries BJP workers jeering CMs

Sena defends, SAD decries BJP workers jeering CMs

Uddhav bats for Modi, but Badal says practice is 'undemocratic'

Sena defends, SAD decries BJP workers jeering CMs

National Democratic Alliance (NDA) members are singing different tunes on booing of non-BJP chief ministers in functions attended by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

While Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray defended Modi, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Prakash Singh Badal slammed the jeering.

Attacking Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan for boycotting the Modi’s Nagpur function, Uddhav argued in an editorial in the party mouthpiece “Saamana” that Modi cannot be held responsible since he is swarmed by people who raise slogans to praise him wherever he goes.

The Sena chief indicated that it is payback time for the Congress, which ill-treated Modi as Gujarat chief minister. “Under the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime, Modi was virtually a persona non grata and no occasion was spared to insult him, though he was a duly elected chief minister of a state,” Thackeray said. 

It also reflected the anti-Congress mood of the people ahead of the Assembly polls, he said.

However, Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal described the practice as “not only undemocratic but also ethically and morally deplorable”.

Meanwhile, the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), incensed at Chief Minister Hemant Soren being jeered at by alleged Modi supporters during the launch of a power project, retaliated by showing black flags to Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on his arrival at Ranchi airport on Saturday.

In Ranchi, the JMM and BJP workers clashed after JMM protestors showed black flags to Tomar and demanded an apology for jeering chief minister Hemant Soren.

Modi inaugurated several infrastructure projects in poll-bound states of Haryana, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir. Except for Jammu and Kashmir, chief ministers of all the other states had to hear catcalls. Soren had dubbed the crowd’s behaviour a “rape of the democratic system” and sought a public apology from Modi.