Won't attend any event with PM Modi: Haryana CM Hooda

Aug 19, 2014 19:53 IST

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Kaithal (Har): Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today faced some embarrassing moments when the crowds which had gathered here on the occasion of a foundation stone laying of a highway by PM  Narendra Modi, raised slogans against the Congress leader and hooted him.

At a press conference after the event, Hooda said he would not attend any more functions alongside Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the future.

“I will not attend any such event in future as no respect was given to us. This was a government function and I was invited for it. But the BJP turned it into their own event,” he said.

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

After Union Minister of State for Transport, Krishan Pal Gurjar and Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari had spoken, Hooda faced boos  from the crowd, which also raised slogans against him and the Congress government.

As Hooda hurriedly continued to read out from his prepared speech, Modi, who reached the venue in the afternoon by a helicopter, waved to the crowds urging them to maintain composure.

However, the crowds were in no mood to pay heed and continued to interrupt the chief minister during his speech, which was completely inaudible.

Amid hot and sultry weather conditions, the police and other security personnel faced a tough time  controlling the crowds, which captured the media enclosure as Modi began his speech after laying the foundation stone of the highway project by pressing a button on the remote.

Besides Hooda, the other Congress leader present at the function was Haryana PWD (Bridge & Roads) Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala.

Notably, a number of BJP leaders from the state including many party MPs from Haryana, besides Birender Singh, who recently joined the saffron party after deserting Congress, were also present on the occasion.

PTI