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Haryana CM gives a miss to event in his state being presided over by President Kovind
Haryana, a state known for politics of floor-crossing, Bharat darshan, Aaya Ram-Gaya Ram phenomena, casteism and nepotism added another feather in its cap on last Sunday, when Chief Minister of the State, Manohar Lal Khattar, gave a miss to an event in Haryana where President of India, Ram Nath Kovind had appeared.

On Sunday while the President was addressing the Kabir Jayanti Samaroh at Fatehabad in Haryana, Chief Minister Khattar was attending a tree plantation programme in Gurugram and later interacted with sarpanches in Bhiwani district.

The Fatehabad event had been organised by the employees of Haryana government who are also Sant Kabir's followers.

Khattar, who was reportedly irked that the organizers had sought direct appointment with the President without taking him into confidence, sent his minister Krishan Panwar to represent him at the event.

Shockingly, Rajiv Jain, media adviser of Manohar Lal Khattar has justified the CM's absence stating that his appointments for the day had already been fixed, and moreover, the President's programme was not an official event.

Ironically, when RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, who does not hold any constitutional post had come visiting to the State, the entire cabinet led by CM Khattar had welcomed him with folded hands.

This is the first instance in Haryana or perhaps in the country that Chief Minister of a State has shied away from a function being presided over by the President of India in his/her state.

Dharmender Khattak, organizer of the event said that they had requested Chief Minister Khattar to attend the function but he had declined by saying that he already had prior engagements.

Protocol demands that Chief Minister of a State should attend anysuch event in his/her respective State where the President of India makes an appearance even if it means cancelling all other engagements as President is the constitutional head of the country.

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