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Chavan to skip Modi’s meeting after BJP boos Hooda

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, August 21, 2014
First Published: 01:01 IST(21/8/2014) | Last Updated: 11:38 IST(21/8/2014)

The bitterness between the Congress and the BJP is growing as assembly elections approach in four states, including Maharashtra. A day after Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda threatened to never attend any future events with PM Narendra Modi as he was booed by the audience at an event in Kaithal, Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan has decided to boycott a public function to be attended by Modi in Nagpur.

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.

Read: PM to dedicate Nagpur power plant to nation Thursday

“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.

‘WE respects all CMs’New Delhi: A day after Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda was booed by people at a function in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which drew sharp reactions from the Congress, the BJP said its government gives due respect to all CMs.

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