Meanwhile congress and other opposition leaders had objected to PM’s radio programme, averring it could influence voters in the run up to the Bihar elections. Though EC spurned congress’ appeal, the party still continues to begrudge that PM is addressing the nation at a time when the model code of conduct is enforced in Bihar.
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s radio programme ‘Mann ki Baat’ completes a year, he thanked people for the overwhelming response and said, “My ‘Mann Ki Baat’ has become your ‘Mann Ki Baat’ in its true sense.”
Addressing the nation on the 12th edition of the radio programme on Sunday, Modi raised many issues and took up suggestions given by the people across the country.
“One year, a lot of conversation. I learnt a lot from you. Jan Shakti is very important in a democracy. ‘Mann Ki Baat’ showcased ‘samajh ki shakti’ (strength of the people in a society),” said Modi.
With festive season approaching, the Prime Minister urged people to buy khadi and handloom. “I had urged you all to buy some khadi and I am happy the sales have increased so much. This is realisation of Jan Shakti. I am again making an appeal for October 2, please buy some khadi and handloom. Even buy khadi and handloom during festivals,” Modi said.
As his ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan’ will complete a year on October 2, a child in his message to the Prime Minister asked him to get dustbins put up everywhere.
He also thanked people for giving up LPG subsidies as he ran ‘Give It Up’ campaign. “Lakhs of families have given up their gas subsidies. These are not rich people. This is also a silent revolution,”said Modi.
A subsidised 14.2 kg cylinder is currently available at Rs 417 per bottle in Delhi while the 5 kg pack costs Rs 155. Market priced LPG is available at Rs 625.50 per 14.2 kg cylinder and Rs 220 per 5 kg bottle. Giving up subsidised LPG will help cut government’s subsidy bill which was at Rs 36,580 crore on the fuel last fiscal year.
Modi also urged people to register as voter and exercise their franchise. “Every voter is a Bhagya Vidhata of the nation,” said Modi.
Here are the top ten highlighted points covered by PM Modi in today’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’ edition:
1. PM Narendra Modi: I had addressed you in October last year. One year, a lot of conversation. I learnt a lot from you. Jan Shakti is very important in a democracy. I sought inputs from you, I would take up a few of them. The lakhs of letters taught me invaluable lessons. I got to know about the issues in the Government.
2. PM Narendra Modi:Mann Ki Baat showcased Samajh Ki Shakti (strength of the people in a society).
3. PM Narendra Modi: Around 30 lakh families have given up their LPG subsidy. These are not rich people. This is also a silent revolution.
4. PM Narendra Modi: I had urged you all to buy some Khadi and I am happy the sales have increased so much. This is realisation of Jan Shakti. I am again making an appeal for 2nd October, please buy some Khadi and handloom to give them some space in your life.
5. PM Narendra Modi: We must ensure Gandhiji’s dream of ensuring cleanliness.
6. PM Narendra Modi: More governments stay connected with people of country, more they can act as a tool for bringing about change in society.
7. PM Narendra Modi: I spent a lot of time with Armed personnel at Shauryanjali. I was supposed to be there for 30 minutes but spent much more than that. History was recreated at Shauryanjali. We have always heard about the valour of our forces.
8. PM Narendra Modi: In May, I went to Kolkata where I met family of Subhas Babu. I invited the entire family of Subhas Bose to my residence and in October over 50 family members will come to 7RCR. It is a matter of joy for me that I can host this family (Bose family) at my residence.
9. PM Narendra Modi: I want to congratulate the election commission. Earlier it was a regulator now it is facilitator and has become very voter friendly.
10. PM Narendra Modi: I urge the youth to register as voters and go out and vote when the time comes.