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Irresponsible followers of RSS ideology responsible for ugly booing against CMs?
Will somebody tell the RSS propagandists that Mr. Narendra Modi has already won and he is, at present, the Prime Minister of India? He represents the whole nation now and not the fringe Saffron brigades of Nagpur. He doesn't need any more his party supporters to cry hoarse- "Modi Modi!"

While submitting the previous article "Decency in Democracy" I was apprehensive that the arrogant supporters of RSS would re-enact the similar drama in others states where elections are near. Unfortunately, my fear proved solid in a day and yesterday Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren joined the list of Chief Ministers who have been booed at events where he shared the dais with the Prime Minister.

It is interesting to note that the Prime Minister is on 'inaugural spree' these days in the states where elections are to be held. He inaugurated a major power plant in Jharkhand yesterday, which will vote soon for its next government, along with Haryana and Maharashtra.

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.

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