He will be joined by Governor C. V. Rao, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu at the event where the 'Make Your City Smart' contest and Smart Net Portal shall also be inaugurated.

Peeved by "disrespect" to Pune Mayor Prashant Jagtap, the Nationalist Congress Party and its ally Congress in Pune Municipal Corporation will boycott the event.
However, the Opposition Shiv Sena, which is an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the Maharashtra government, has not yet made up its mind whether to attend the function or not, said party spokesperson Neelam Gorhe.

With the latest verbal outburst between the two ruling partners, speculation was rife in state political circles whether the Shiv Sena would boycott PM Modi's function here.

Accusing the BJP of trying to "hijack" the function organised by the state government, Jagtap said he had to ask for an invite and later was shocked to see his name missing from the list of invitees for the function.

However, as a protocol formality, Jagtap plans to receive PM Modi at the Pune Airport, but will not attend the main function as the first citizen.

Latest News from India News Desk