‘The people who are booing are not imported from Gujarat or New Delhi, they belonged to Maharashtra, ditto in Haryana,’ Thackeray said, referring to the hooting of Chief Ministers of Maharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand in official functions attended by Modi in the past few days.

In an editorial in the party mouthpiece 'Saamana', he said Modi won the Lok Sabha election with a convincing mandate and wherever he goes, people raise slogans praising him.

 

HIGHLIGHTES

PM can’t be held responsible for hooting of non-BJP CMs, says Uddhav

Shiv Sena chief terms Prithviraj Chavan boycotting PM’s function unfortunate

Uddhav says hooting indicates mood of people who are not in favour of Congress

Modi was treated like a ‘step-brother in Chief Ministers’ conferences in New Delhi, says Uddhav

Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Prithviraj Chavan, Hemant Soren faced hooting

Congress asked its CMs not to attend Modi’s function

Hemant Soren terms hooting as ‘rape of democracy’

Parkash Singh Badal calls hooting incident undemocratic

‘How can you hold Modi responsible for this?’ Thackeray asked. Thackeray termed ‘unfortunate’ the decision of Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to boycott the Prime Minister's functions in Nagpur two days ago, but said such sloganeering reveals the mood of the people who are not in favor of the Congress.

Implying that the Bharatiya Janata Party activists were repaying the Congress, Thackeray recalled the days of the previous Congress-led central government when Modi was the Gujarat Chief Minister.

‘Under the UPA regime, Modi was virtually a persona non grata, and no occasion was spared to insult him, though he was a duly elected chief minister of a state,’ Thackeray said. He said that during Chief Ministers' conferences in New Delhi, Modi was treated like a ‘step-brother’, and the Congress-led government stooped to such tactics which could never be forgiven.

The issue of heckling non-BJP Chief Ministers came to a boiling point when, in an unprecedented move, Chavan and other ministers of the ruling Congress-Nationalist Congress Party alliance boycotted Modi's functions in Nagpur.

Other non-BJP Chief Ministers have also threatened to skip official functions in which the Prime Minister would be present to avoid heckling by BJP activists.

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