Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was booed by the crowd at the Thyagaraj stadium where he had come to watch Vijender Singh’s WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight Championship title bout here last night.
Sporting a grey t-shirt and demins, Gandhi walked into the stadium only to see a part of the crowd boo him and then chant ‘Modi, Modi’, referring to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The 46-year-old, who sat beside IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla, had a similar experience when he walked out of the stadium after the end of the title clash which Vijender won after beating Australia’s Kerry Hopes here.
However, Gandhi didn’t react to the boos of the crowd and simply smiled back before leaving the stadium.
The event was attended by the who’s who of sports, entertainment and politics, including boxer M C Mary Kom, who choked a bit while acknowledging a loud applause from the crowd, star wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, cricketers Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina, actor Randeep Hooda.
Most social media users appeared angry over the acts of Modi supporters inside a sporting arena.
Many felt that it was another low by the supporters of the prime minister.
Here are some reactions:
Krishna Dwivedi: that’s how BJP joker behaviour is not a RG supporters but sports should have been left for ppl
Komal: Let alone Twitter, Modi bhakts lack civility even in public life ! At least they cud hv spared a sporting event !
Ravi Mantha: Inappropriate to boo a political opponent at a sporting event. Let us disagree on issues,and avoid personal attacks.
Kuldip Pandey : I am no fan of Rahul Gandhi.I admire Modiji but that doesn’t mean I shud boo Rahul all times.Basic.
Sanjeev: I do not like Rahul for his politics etc but it is not decent to boo him this is not right we must respect our political opponents
Tribhuvan Mendiratta: Why to boo ‘ANYONE’ ? It shows degraded mindset. –
(With inputs from PTI)