Accusing the BJP of politicising the Prime Minister’s public events ahead of assembly polls, Chavan announced that he would not attend the function on Thursday when Modi will lay the foundation stone for the Nagpur Metro network.
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“I have decided not to attend the Prime Minister’s function because of the incidents that took place in recent days. As per protocol, a representative of the state government will be present at the function,”Chavan said, after a cabinet meeting, on Wednesday.
The chief minister added that as a strong reply to the BJP, the Congress-NCP government will lay the foundation stone for the Mumbai Metro’s third line in next couple of days.
However, Chavan’s cabinet colleagues were taken by surprise at his decision to boycott the function. In the run-up to the polls, the move could cause damage to the party in Vidarbha.
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