Congress general secretary Shakeel Ahmed said heckling of opposition chief ministers started in Jammu and Kashmir where Omar Abdullah faced a similar situation in the presence of Modi.
"It was repeated in Solapur in Maharashtra. Then, Bhupinder Singh Hooda had to face (booing). Today it was Hemant Soren," Ahmed said. He said "any self-respecting chief minister will avoid attending public functions (with Modi)", except extending protocol.
"It (the heckling) was well-planned and orchestrated by Modi and his party. The prime minister talked of working as a team. Being captain of the team, he is trying to back-stab. The prime minster, whose main responsibility is to strengthen the spirit of the constitution, is himself trying to weaken it. This is very unfortunate," Ahmed told IANS.
Incidentally, the cases of heckling have been reported from all the four states going to assembly polls later this year. Congress leader Manish Tewari said it was a case of gross impropriety "if government functions are used for orchestrated politics".
"No chief minister, in his right mind, would have possibly gone this route if evidence of orchestration was not in front of us," Tewari told CNN-IBN news channel. He said it does not require rocket science to know that crowds were planted and people motivated to create disruptions. "These are tactics which are employed but to be employed by the prime minister, I think, is a little low. Therefore, a self-respecting person backs off and says 'I give you the time'," he said.
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said the chief ministers faced sloganeering as they were "non-performing".
"They did not perform in their states. That's why their own public, which elevated them as chief minister, is today really annoyed with them. That's why they are showing the door to the chief ministers," Patra said. Referring to an incident during a function in Kaithal Aug 19 in which Hooda was jeered, Patra said it would be absurd to say that a sizeable section of the state's population had become BJP workers. Upset at the jeering, Hooda said he will not attend any function of the prime minister or union ministers if the Haryana BJP leadership did not change its attitude. In the presence of Modi, Hooda was continuously booed throughout his brief speech at a public function.
BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy said it was wrong for the Congress to say that the prime minister was responsible for any adverse reaction in a gathering attended by lakhs of people.
"The Congress should accept that somewhere it is a reflection of the anger against the state government. We feel this should not happen but if does, Congress should take stock," Rudy said.