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BJP points to Kalmadi

New Delhi, Aug. 21: The BJP today asked why Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi were “silent” when the audience “booed” Suresh Kalmadi and Sheila Dikshit at the 2010 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, hitting back after a Congress chief minister skipped an event Narendra Modi attended.

Congress chief ministers in Maharashtra and Haryana, Prithviraj Chavan and Bhupinder Singh Hooda, and ally Hemant Soren in Jharkhand were shouted down by Modi backers at public events where they shared the dais with the Prime Minister. Chavan today skipped an event where Modi was present.

The Congress has alleged that their chief ministers were “deliberately” jeered.

The BJP’s contention was Modi “always gestured” to crowds to pipe down when things spun out of control.

BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli picked on Hooda and alleged that senior Haryana Congress leader Kumari Selja had publicly traduced him in Sonia’s presence once.

“In Haryana, the Congress lost all the Lok Sabha seats barring that contested by the chief minister’s son,” he said.

Modi “is a popular leader…. If the people of a state are not enthused by their chief minister, it occasions self-introspection by that leader and the party he belongs to”, he added.