Mr Soren, the Jharkhan CM was heckled loudly during his speech and the desperate Soren had to exhale "The PM should learn from this... it is a black day for the federal system."
The Congress claims it is BJP that is engineering large-scale booing to humiliate chief ministers and maintains that "no self-respecting Chief Minister will attend functions if BJP supporters boo Chief Ministers in the presence of PM Modi. It is a conspiracy by the BJP to humiliate our leaders."
It is not very difficult to arrange some claques and paid hooligans to create a ruckus. The shouts of 'Modi! Modi!' are not the prerequisites to prove the PM's popularity. "He is not the PM of the BJP. Mr Modi is the PM of India."
Insulting the Chief Minister in his own state in the presence of Prime Minister is not a feather in anyone's cap. Instead, it is a stigma on the face of democracy.
The excuse that 'Mr Modi is the most popular leader at the moment and chants are natural phenomenon' is a cryptic, preposterous and ridiculous defense statement of an obnoxious act.
True that the Congress is down at heals at the moment; true that opposition is demolished for the time being. But in a democracy, one Pyrrhic victory is not the guarantee of continuity in power for ever.
You can't treat the opposition with contempt and disdain. It is vile to kick when someone is down. The Congress did never treat the Jan Sangh when it was reduced to pathetic two seats in Parliament. Indian democracy has rich traditions to emulate and insulting the Chief Ministers is never one of them. An Urdu poet has said:
"Na tarapne ki ijazat hai na faryad ki hai, ghut ke mar jayen yeh marzi merey sayyad ki hai."
You are torturing me to the hilt and I'm not even allowed to cry in pain. You want to smother me to death. Democratic federal traditions demand that in any function of the State a CM should be there with the PM.
However, the PM must ensure that his party should not exert a humiliating pressure upon the host. He should ask his party men before the function that it should refrain from such damaging tricks as elections are near in that state. It should be a function of 'Development of State and Country' and not an occasion to give boost to Party Politics with such unethical means.
These ugly show of booing brings no grace and laurels to the august offices of PM and CM. Instead it would create a chasm between the States and Center- a hiatus that would be difficult to overcome.