The Kaithal public meeting organized by the BJP on Tuesday turned out to be a shocker for Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda as the BJP supporters jeered at the chief minister during his address. The chief minister later at a press conference hit out at the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi accusing him of converting an official function into a political one and said that he would never again share the stage with Modi.
Trouble started when Hooda was invited to address the gathering before the PM’s speech. No sooner did he started to address the crowd, a gathering comprising youngsters in the main and VIP enclosure started jeering Hooda with shouts of Modi-Modi. However, despite being inaudible the chief minister continued speaking from his note for over 5 minutes and did not react to the catcalls.
Except for a brief moment when the Prime Minister signaled to the crowd to settle down, none of the top BJP leaders including Union ministers Nitin Gadkari and Krishanpal Gurjar who were sharing the dais with the Prime Minister tried to intervene to restore sanity.
Later, a visibly disturbed Hooda said a press conference that he would not attend the Prime Minister's functions in future if such a thing happened again. He said the grace associated with the institution of the Prime Minister has been lowered at Tuesday's function.
"What if we invite them at our rally on August 24 and behave like they did," Hooda said. The chief minister said that he respected the institution of the Prime Minister with which certain norms and principles were associated. “However those have been violated at today's rally," he said.
While the episode has turned out to be disgraceful bit of act on the part of BJP leaders and cadres, the incident also reflected poorly on the advisers of the chief minister and the intelligence wing of the state police which could not anticipate the possibility of such an unsavoury incident.
“It was well known that the public meeting was going to be a BJP show. Ideally the chief minister should have excused himself from the public meeting after the PM had laid the foundation stone," said an official.