Published On : Wed, Sep 16th, 2015

Rijiju terms Congress demand to ban Modi’s “Mann Ki Baat” programme unfair


Nagpur: As the political situation in poll-bound Bihar getting hotter and hotter, the contending parties leaving no stone unturned to score an extra point and unsettle the rivals. The Bihar election has taken the shape of Narendra Modi versus Grand Alliance consisting JDU, RJD and Congress. The Grand Alliance is making all out efforts to reduce influence of Modi on voters. In this connection, Congress and other Opposition parties asked Election Commission of India to ban “Mann Ki Baat” programme till Bihar Assembly election which is scheduled to be held in October 2015. Congress claimed that “Mann Ki Baat” programme may give Prime Minister Narendra Modi a huge platform to campaign for his party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Reacting to the demand of Congress, a senior BJP leader and Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, who was in Nagpur to grace a programme, said that the Opposition parties have been left nothing with any other work. Hence they are demanding such demand. “Mann Ki Baat” is not a political programme, asserted the Minister.

Commenting on ceasefire violations by Pakistan, Rijiju said that recently border security forces of both the nations held cordial talks on the issue. It is hoped that the talks will change the situation at the borders. India will not fire the first bullet but will give a befitting reply if ceasefire truce is violated by Pakistan.

The Union Minister of State for Home also denied a statement reportedly made by Union Minister Maneka Gandhi blaming the men for violence against women. “Maneka Gandhi has not made such statement,” said Rijiju.