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Politics is game of discipline and decency
The news that Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had to face booing and jeering crowds at a rally held Kaithal in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not only shocking but bodes evil for a democratic society.

You can't name the crowd but they were Indians who were supporting someone while opposing the other vehemently and unabashedly. Either they were invitees or they were gatecrashers. Whatever banner they carried and what they did, was not a favor to their leader but reflected poorly at them.

They continuously booed throughout the speech of Chief Minister at stone-laying ceremony of a national highway connecting Haryana with Rajasthan. To add insult to injury, the crowd chanted "Modi Modi". Coming as it does ahead of assembly elections in Haryana, this is seen as a significant reflection of public morality and taste. Hooda's speech was barely audible due to the din.

An upset Haryana CM blamed BJP for the booing. "The BJP has violated all the rules. In future I will never share any stage with PM in future."

Union ministers Nitin Gadkari (Road Transport and Highways), Rao Inderjit Singh (Planning) and Krishan Pal Gujjar (Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways) along with Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki were also present on the occassion.

Politics is a game of decency and tolerance and mind it - nothing is more transient than power. The opponent is a rival not an enemy. Conflict is essential component of the game but conflict needs rules of the game, a sense of honour, dignity and decorum. Jeering out your opponent is a ruse that destroys fair play and robs its playfulness.

Forcing choices could not necessarily bring victory. For a healthy democracy politics is all about sound competitiveness; it is a search for values. It is sad the way staunch supporters of Narendra Modi have violated the code of civil conduct there. There is a sense of crudity and desperation in the way the BJP well-wishers behaved in Haryana.

Taking it as an insult by PM Modi's supporters, Hooda said that he would never attend another event with the PM.

A day after Haryana Chief Minister was jeered by the crowd, Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan has decided not to attend a programme with the Prime Minister fearing ruckus by BJP workers. According to CM Chavan, there are two other reasons for his decision: "no invitation letter received from Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu and no communication received on whether the project has received approval of the Union Cabinet."

A group of Vidarbha activists under the banner of Vidarbha Rajya Sangharsha Samiti has meanwhile taken a stand that the metro project is not more important that many fundamental issues of the region. "We first need industrial development. Metro isn't important on top priority. We are going to tell Modi to announce Vidarbha state in his speech."

So, we have high running ambitions, exuberant spirits and rush to score the brownie points. Leadership, that knows how to unleash the great fervor should also show restraint and prove capacity to control its followers.

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