Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Saturday condemned his Jharkhand counterpart Hemant Soren's recent remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and said that he has lowered the dignity of the post he holds through his comments.
Soren, in a tweet on Thursday night following a telephonic conversation with Modi over the COVID-19 situation in Jharkhand, had taken a dig at the prime minister, saying that he only spoke "Mann ki Baat" and that it would have been better if he had discussed business.
Taking to Twitter, Chouhan said, "Hemant Soren ji has lowered the dignity of the chief minister's post by making comments against Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji. No chief minister has ever used such lowest level of language against the PM."
Chouhan said that Soren tweeted about his telephonic discussion with the PM not only for his political gains, but his language also lacked sobriety and dignity. "I strongly condemn it," he said.
Chouhan said that Modi hears every chief minister and every other person. "Soren should keep in mind that the PM himself called over the phone as he was concerned about Jharkhand," he said.
"The country and Jharkhand are also struggling with the challenges of COVID-19. So the prime minister talked only about COVID-19. If Hemant ji wanted to talk something else, he should have called the prime minister and made him aware of his problem. Who had stopped him?" he asked.
Terming Modi a "sensitive" prime minister, Chouhan said he is working round-the-clock to take the country out of the pandemic. "Hemant ji, the country will not forgive you," he said, while accusing him of making "senseless" comments for political advantage.
Chouhan said that Modi gave a good example of work and cooperation in accordance with the federal system.