Congress, BJP councillors come to blows over poet's praise of Narendra Modi

Oct 28 2013, 22:03 IST
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SummaryThe incident occurred at a Udaipur Municipal Corporation-organised Diwali programme.

Praise of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi by a poet led to a commotion at a cultural event organised by municipal corporation here as BJP and Congress councillors almost came to blows.

It was Diwali festival organised by Udaipur Municipal Corporation in the UMC premises where poets were invited to recite poems on Sunday night.

"One poet, Abdul Gaffar, began his poems with the praise of Narendra Modi. He was reciting as if it was a political programme so we objected and demanded to stop the poet from praising Modi," Dinesh Srimali, Leader of Opposition and Congress councillor in the municipal corporation said on Monday.

"It was the programme of municipal corporation, not a political forum. Our objection was initially ignored and BJP councillors pushed us. The poet was later asked to stop," he said.

The programme restarted after a brief interruption.

Congress councillors have submitted a representation to District Collector.

"We demanded from the collector that the expenditure of yesterday's programme be recovered from BJP," he said.

Udaipur mayor Rajni Dangi said that poets were expressing their views and had nothing to with the BJP or Congress.

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