Chandigarh: Senior Congress leader Amarinder Singh on Friday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence over booing of some Chief Ministers by his supporters in his presence, and lashed out at the BJP for defending these “disgusting” incidents.
“His silence amounts to consent”, he remarked, while asking, “what if the Prime Minister is also hooted and jeered at in a similar way…”
“Instead of asking its workers to behave, the party (BJP) has tried to put the blame on the Chief Ministers asking them to introspect,” he pointed out, while remarking, “this is a clear indication from the BJP to their cadres that they were not doing anything wrong”.
“The Prime Minister should not only have objected to it, but condemned it and asked his supporters to behave,” Amarinder observed.
“Instead he preferred to keep quiet probably deriving sadistic pleasure in the humiliation of the elected heads of different states,” he said.
The former Punjab chief minister reminded Modi that he has himself been the Chief Minister of a state for over a decade.
“A Chief Minister does not represent a political party but is an elected head of the entire state and his humiliation is unacceptable,” he said.
He maintained that in case people did not like a particular Chief Minister they can in any case vote him out in a democratic manner as both the states where CMs were jeered at were already headed for elections.
“Why try to use your supporters to denigrate your own colleagues whose cooperation you have regularly been seeking by advocating cooperative federalism?” he asked Modi, while adding, “this is no cooperation but worst type of timid confrontation”.
Dignity demanded that the Prime Minister should have instantly condemned the hooting at the Chief Minister by his supporters at the first instance only, he said.
“Since he kept quiet and did not utter a single word of disapproval, leave aside condemnation, his supporters felt encouraged and emboldened to repeat it again,” he pointed out, while warning that such trend was undemocratic and unacceptable and can provoke backlash.