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Booing incidents: Congress alleges conspiracy; BJP and analysts term it as public support to PM Modi
Chief ministers of some states like Haryana, Jharkhand had to face an embarrassing situation during government functions where Prime Minister Narendra Modi was chief guest. First it was Haryana where the State Chief Minister had to face the embarrassment when people started shouting the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi amid the speech of the Chief Minister.
Same thing happened in Jharkhand during an official function where PM Modi and state's CM Hemant Soren shared the dais.

Disturbed from such incidents, Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan decided to skip a government's function at Nagpur, where PM Modi has to lay the foundation stone of Nagpur metro. The Congress CM's have also said that in future they would boycott such government functions where PM Modi would be chief guest terming while terming such incidents unfortunate and insulting.

The Congress has alleged that BJP is using official functions to promote itself in the wake of upcoming Assembly elections. It also claimed that the people who are involved in booing incidents are not general public but BJP supporters.

Senior Congress leader, Rashid Alvi, said that booing incidents in government functions are su unjustified and a conspiracy to make the Chief Ministers feel insulted.

Alvi stated, "See, whatever happened in Harayana, the same thing happened in Ranchi. So, how can any chief minister tolerate it? If Prime Minister and Chief Minister both are attending any public meeting and public doesn't belong to any political party, at such places if members of a political party all of a sudden start shouting the name of PM or any other particular leader of their party then why any CM would prefer to attend such events?

He further added, "Chief ministers don't belong to one political party. He is the minister of the entire state and in the same manner Prime Minister doesn't belong to any political party but he is the PM of entire country. So, PM should take care of it that his party workers should not raise such kind of slogans to insult the CM. Such incidents had never happened and if this will continue then how honest CMs can tolerate such act."

BJP on the other side has denied the accusation of the Congress, with BJP spokesperson, Sudhanshu Mittal, demanding evidence from the Congress. He termed the booing as an impact of Modi wave which still exists.

Mittal said, "In local events, local people participates. In Haryana there is Congress government, so it's very obvious that congress supports or the general people will be there in such functions. Now there, the particular government has become unpopular. For booing incidents if they are blaming PM Narendra Modi, then don't you think it is unjustified? Congress must substantiate their allegations with evidence."

Can CMs opt out of any government function where Prime Minister is coming? Is it not the violation of any protocol? Is there any action that can be taken against such skipping CMs.

Constitutional expert, Subhash Kashyap said that it was completely a Chief Minister's choice to attend any government function.

"First there is a question of protocol, second convention, third propriety and fourth courtesy. So, it depends upon the chief minister whether they show new courtesy and follow new rules of propriety and conventions."

He added, "So far the protocol is concerned, it is bounded but courtesy, propriety, convention are not legally bounded. The question of propriety, convention and courtesy cannot be forced by law, it depends upon the individual to take his own decision. So, Chief Ministers are free to take their own decision, whether they would like to show their courtesy or follow their rules of propriety and follow the convention to disregard. It is their own decision but they have to observe the protocol."

But if one analyses the whole case it can be easily identified that accusations of Congress are absurd as BJP won't gain anything out of it as its already in the government, thinks political analysts.

When Lok Sabha elections were about to hit the country Modi had proved his influence all over the nation which people termed as 'Modi Wave'.

Political analyst Avdhesh Kumar said that there was huge public support to PM Modi, which is giving birth to such booing incidents.

"I don't agree with this point that either Modi or his party is behind such incidents of booing. PM Narendra Modi will not gain anything out of it. One should analyse the whole situation like finding out the reason, perspective of the public which makes them to shout Modi's name, then things should be concluded. The reason behind such incidents is that the aggressive public support to Modi still exists like anything. And its still continuing. His mount everest popularity still exists all around. So, in this case such incidents are obvious to happen. On many occasions when BJP members had shared stage with PM, then also public had shouted names of PM Modi while ignoring others," said Kumar.

Avdhesh Kumar said that Congress' CMs decision to not share dais with PM in future would harm the democracy in the country.

He stated, "One should accept the existing situation but the decision of Congress CMs of not sharing dais with the PM is very wrong step and it will harm the democracy of our nation. This is also not good for Congress itself. For next few years there would be same PM, so does it mean that till that time Congress CMs will continue with their boycott? As so far protocol is concerned, CM Chavan even didn't bother to receive PM when he reached the airport. PM should request public to let other ministers speak in the event and when his turn comes up public is free to do 'naarebazi' (raising slogans) in his support."

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