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Maharashtra CM to skip PM's function in Nagpur today, Congress says Modi has dictator's mentality

PTI 21 Aug 2014, 6:53:00 AM IST
Mumbai: Taking an aggressive stand on the incidents of heckling at functions attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Congress-ruled states, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has said he would not attend today's function in Nagpur.

Modi will perform bhumi-pujan of a Metro project in Nagpur, Maharashtra's second capital, today.

At a function in Solapur on Saturday, where the Prime Minister inaugurated four-laned National Highway Number 9, Chavan had to stop speaking midway as alleged the BJP supporters started chanting Modi's name.

"What happened at Solapur was unfortunate," Chavan told reporters after the state Cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

"We have taken a decision to skip the function in Nagpur tomorrow," Chavan added.

"The federal structure of the country has been undermined at the programmes in Congress-ruled states where the Prime Minister was present recently," the Chief Minister said.

Earlier in the day, state Congress said it would not tolerate such incidents in future.

"The suspicion that Modi has dictator's mentality is now coming true," Maharashtra Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant said, pointing out that Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda faced similar situation at PM's function recently.

Meanwhile, reacting to Chavan's announcement, BJP leader and Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council Vinod Tawde requested the Chief Minister to attend the programme at Nagpur as the protocol demands.