Kaithal: What may have seemed like a much-needed camaraderie between political rivals ended within moments in Kaithal on Tuesday when supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi shouted down Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda with whom the PM was sharing the stage during a foundation-laying ceremony.
"BJP did wrong by allowing his supporters to shout me down. I will never go to another function of the PM again," an angry Hooda told reporters.
Modi was in Kaithal to lay the foundation of the Kaithal-Rajasthan border section of the National Highway. He was accompanied by party colleague Nitin Gadkari and shared the dais with the CM, a Congress leader. During his address, the PM even lauded the state government over infrastructural growth in the state.
"I know Haryana the way I know about Gujarat. This is my first visit to the state after forming the government. I know the people of Haryana have a great sense of humour. I thank you for all your affection. I will return your goodwill with record development," Modi said.
However, when Hooda began his speech, he was shouted down by people chanting 'Modi, Modi'. The upset CM vowed a complete boycott of Modi.
The Congress cried conspiracy. Shakeel Ahmed, the party's General Secretary for Delhi and Haryana, said, "Non-BJP Chief Ministers should avoid political functions in the name of public functions. Because this looks like the modus operandi of the BJP and the Prime Minister to embarrass them publicly for political mileage. This has happened in both Haryana and Maharashtra. Party cadre is called to embarrass chief ministers of other parties."
The BJP has not commented on the incident.
Haryana goes to elections later this year.