Former PM Manmohan Singh’s statement discussed, speaker feels Rahul Gandhi’s statements not covered on TV, while Modi has Mann Ki Baat to himself
Former Prime Minister and Congress leader Manmohan Singh has criticised PM Narendra Modi over his silence on Kathua and Unnao rape cases and has asked him to follow his own advice and speak more often.
Recent incidents including rape and murder of an eight-year old girl in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir and the alleged rape of a teenager by a BJP MLA in Unnao, have triggered huge protests in the country. After a long silence PM Modi, on Friday called the incidents “shame” for the country and asserted that the guilty will not be spared.
The issue was the topic for APN’s landmark show Mudda on Wednesday. The participants of the debate were: Ashok Thakur, spokesman of BJP, Ajay Verma of Congress party, Nawab Malik, spokesman of CPI and Govind Pant Raju, the consulting editor of APN. Anant Tyagi anchored the show.
Ashok Thakur, spokesman of BJP criticised former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, saying that everybody knows that Singh used to remain silent most of the times. And when he used to speak, he was supposed to take permission from party high command. Thakur went on saying that it was not necessary to reply to every non-sense questions.
The BJP spokesman further said that PM Narendra Modi responds to all public questions through Mann Ki Baat,a monthly radio program, and he remain in constant touch with the people. He said that it was wrong that Congress president Rahul Gandhi is not given opportunity to speak in the parliament. He claimed that Modi is the first PM who speaks on every issue from the bottom of his heart.
Congress spokesperson Ajay Verma alleged that PM has failed in his efforts for development, provision of safety and security, resolving the question of unemployment and black money. He alleged that that most of the TV channels do not cover the statements of Rahul Gandhi and other opposition leaders while PM Modi convey all his messages to the people through Mann Ki Baat.
Nawab Malik, spokesman of CPI, while participating in the debate, said that by responding after 15 days of the incident PM was very late in responding to Unnao incident. PM said that Dalit people should not come under attack, instead he was ready for any punishment. He also alleged that PM want to continue speaking without facing peoples’ question.
Ravindra Singh, a senior journalist, said that that there was a tradition of PM speaking to media persons describing the government policies and its future strategy on several important issues. He said that there should be no politics on leaders’ choice of speaking or remaining silent.
Govind Pant Raju, the consulting editor of APN, observed that he does not see any substance in Rahul Gandhi’s complaint of not being allowed to express his views in the parliament.
—Compiled by MA Kazmi