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'Mann Ki Baat' reflects people's views, says Modi

New Delhi: Answering his critics, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said he has used his monthly radio programme 'Mann Ki Baat' to reflect the views and aspirations of the people rather than expressing his own opinions.
He said he had kept this three-year-old programme away from politics and had tried to connect with the people without getting swayed by the (political) "heat" and "anger" that may prevail at any particular time.
In the 36th episode of the radio broadcast which was launched on October 2, 2014, Modi expressed confidence that social scientists, universities, research scholars and media experts would conduct an analysis of the programme and highlight its positives and negatives, which would be beneficial for it.
During the 30-minute broadcast, he recalled some of the issues flagged by him through the programme over the last three years, talked about the cleanliness campaign, urged the countrymen to explore the incredible diversity and beauty of India and spoke about the FIFA Under-17 world cup tournament being held in the country.
He also hailed wives of two martyrs who recently joined the Army and appreciated the cleanliness drive being carried out by 18-year-old Bilal Dar in Srinagar.
'Mann Ki Baat' programme reflects the positive strength of the country, Modi said.
"(Through the programme) I got a unique opportunity of connecting with the people and knowing their feelings, wishes, aspirations and even complaints and I never said that this is my 'Mann Ki Baat' (my voice)," the prime minister said.
He was clearly answering his critics from the opposition parties who have been accusing him of expressing only his views through the programme and not listening to the voice of the people.
Modi said through this programme, he reflects views of the people who keep sending him inputs through emails, by telephone and on MyGov app and NarendraModi App.
He recalled that in the last episode of the programme, a "pledge" was taken for launching a cleanliness campaign 15 days ahead of Mahatma Gandhi's birthday on October 2.
He said President Ram Nath Kovind had started this campaign and all sections of the society had got associated with it, be it the sports stars, cine stars, academicians, schools, colleges, universities, farmers, officers or armed forces personnel.
Modi made a special mention of Bilal Dar, saying he has been carrying out a cleanliness drive on his own for last 5-6 years, collecting used bottles, plastic and other material thrown into a lake near Srinagar.
He also appreciated Swati Mahadik, widow of Colonel Santosh Mahadik, and Nidhi Dubey, widow of Naik Mukesh Dubey, who recently joined the Army to serve the country.
He said the government has prepared a five-year roadmap till 2022, when the country would celebrate the 75th anniversary of its independence, to realise the dreams of the freedom fighters as well as crores of its nationals.
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