New Delhi: Taking strong exception to the boycott of Narendra Modi's function by Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan Thursday, the ruling BJP asked Congress not to play dirty politics and told the party that it's easy to boycott Modi's dais but difficult to ignore his mantra of good governance and development.
"Congress can ignore Modi's dais but they cannot ignore his mantra of good governance and development.
The Congress even after its humiliating defeat at the hustings is not ready to see the ground reality. Instead of cleaning their face of the dust that has stuck to them in these polls, the Congressmen are cleaning the mirror," BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.
"This type of negative politics will not help the Congress," added Naqvi.
The BJP said the Prime Minister cannot stop people from speaking out their mind publicly and asked Congress not to play politics on the issue while noting that this type of negative politics will not help the party which suffered a humiliating defeat in the Lok Sabha polls.
Taking potshots at the opposition party, BJP said its Chief Ministers should not suffer from "complex" due to the "popularity" of Prime Minister Narendra Modi among the masses and said the Congress may decide to ignore Modi's dais but they cannot ignore his mantra of good governance and development.
"He is not the PM of BJP... He is the PM of the country. If people take his name with enthusiasm, I think it is a matter of pride. It is a matter of self-introspection for the leaders (who were hooted) rather than blaming the Prime Minister," BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli said.
The BJP said Congress must recognise that public sentiment has turned against its leaders and it called for introspection on the part of its CMs.
"The Prime Minister cannot stop people from talking. No one can stop the public from speaking out their minds. They should not fall prey such complex arising out of the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi among the masses," said Shahnawaz Hussain
The comments came in the wake of Chavan boycotting the bhoomi-pujan of Metro Rail project at Nagpur done by Prime Minister Modi, following incidents of heckling of Chief Ministers at functions attended by Modi in Congress-ruled states.