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Congress is responsible for the booing episodes; whereas BJP should be also careful!
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has decided not to share the stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an official function at Nagpur. To take care of the protocol Chavan would receive the PM, but wouldn't attend the function.

Chavan's decision came after Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who was booed by the public during an official function at Kaithal where both PM Narendra Modi and CM Hooda shared the stage.

After Jharkhand's CM Hemant Soren was jeered by public at Ranchi today, the Congress spokesperson blamed that both Narendra Modi and BJP are playing petty politics. A BJP spokesperson defended the party and the PM while saying that it's public's appreciation to the Prime Minister who in any official function doesn't represent the party but the entire country. Thus according to the BJP spokesperson, the Congress' allegation is nothing but a petty politics!

Now let's understand what the Congress thinks about the booing incidents. People start chanting 'Modi..Modi' till the time Modi starts delivering his speech. Even during Pm Narendra Modi's speech people chant the same 'Modi..Modi'.

Why the Congress CMs consider it as booing? In fact before elections also every Modi rally had such type of chants. Clearly Modi is most popular at the moment and hence such chants are natural phenomenon.

In an official function this chant is for Prime Minister of India, why the Congress CMs consider it as booing! It's your state, you are the popular Chief Minister of the state and still public of your state chant Prime Minister's name, then why to blame Modi and BJP? Is Prime Minister's popularity not acceptable to you or you consider official functions also a party affair where 'Modi..Modi' chant can't be acceptable?

If fans of Modi attend such functions in big numbers then how can he be responsible? If your fans don't come in big numbers then you are only responsible for that? Why don't you accept that you are unpopular at the moment?

Point is, if you start to escape the places of 'Modi..Modi' chant then perhaps during the elections the condition would be unbearable for you! Even in the absence of Modi, people will start 'Modi..Modi' chant to boo you!

One shouldn't forget the Modi..Modi chant by entire stadium during a cricket match where Rahul Gandhi was also a spectator. It's Rahul Gandhi who down played such chants as booing. But if now the Congress CMs start showing allergy towards such chants then difficult days are ahead for them!

A mature CM should have taken these things very sportingly. One can simply laugh and encourage the Modi fans telling that he too support such chants towards the popular Prime Minister. It's proven science that if you don't react, people stop booing. Complete your speech in one line and sit down gracefully. The reaction always creates problem and increases it to many fold.

Omar Abdullah, despite Modi chant remained graceful and non-reactive. Thus neither anyone took it as booing nor people were taken in that line.

Firstly, the Maharashtra CM Chavan expressed discomfort for Solapur, and then Hooda reacted sharply in Haryana. Hemant Soren was too skeptical before the function and written a letter also apprehending such booing.

Public always loves to repeat a thing, that make one reacts. It's not only applicable for politicians but also other celebrities too! Ravi Shastri was always booed on Indian grounds. It's not that people disliked him. But people were perhaps more happy to see Ravi Shastri reacting. Same is in many other cases too. Thus the Congress reacting to such small cases in fact invited bigger trouble for the party in days to come.

On the other hand, Prime Minister Modi too has to take some urgent steps. Definitely he was enjoying popular support. But chanting of his name shouldn't become insulting to any Chief Minister! This way his vision of strong federalism would be affected. He is now Prime Minister, his name shouldn't be insulting to anyone.

If some Chief Minister feels discomfort even though for wrong reasons, as a Prime Minister he should reach out to them and address public clearly saying that this is an official function and no officials including opposition party's Chief Ministers should be insulted.

He requires to take action to maintain the grace and position of Prime Minister's stature. A PM can't be comparable with a CM. Thus up keeping the PM's stature, he must ensure that CMs are also respected. If CMs are feeling uncomfortable and embarrassing to share stage with the PM, then that is also damaging to PM's reputation!

Wish both BJP and the Congress by forgetting petty politics, should start ensuring that no Constitutional position is embarrassed in an official function. Hope good sense will prevail upon these two parties so that graceful government functions are organised and protocol is maintained with highest decorum.

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