New Delhi, Sept 16: Congress asked Election Commission of India to ban Mann Ki Baat programme till Bihar assembly election which is scheduled to be held in Oct 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). Congress leaders fear that Modi's speech during Maan Ki Baat may create problem for them during Bihar assembly election.
However, Election Commission of India on Wednesday, Sept 16 rejected Congress's demand. This was not the first time when the election commission refused to impose a ban on Mann Ki Baat.
The election commission earlier had claimed that Modi's speeches during Mann Ki Baat are intended for a nationwide audience. Hence, it cannot be banned.
Opposition parties earlier had sought similar ban on the programme during Delhi and Maharashtra assembly elections. Modi began addressing the nation through Mann Ki Baat from Oct 2014.
Though the election commission rejected Congress's demand on ban Mann Ki Baat, people of the country lashed out at Congress. Micro-blogging site Twitter was flooded with comments on Wednesday.
Congress used to taunt PM Modi that Mann Ki Baat is a flop, nobody listens to it & now they ask EC to ban it in Bihar. So much insecurity!!— Sanjay Upadhyay (@sanjayiu) September 16, 2015
Congress losers, feeling threatened by Mann ki Baat. They would stand a chance if they focused on the elections and not on disabling Modi.— Sudeepसुदीपسدیپ (@sudeepbose) September 16, 2015
Major set back for morons of JDU, Congress and RJD as EC says PM's Mann Ki Baat can't be stopped— SWARAJ B SHETTY (@i_amswaraj) September 16, 2015
Thats height of stupidity. Mann ki baat isnt a political programme so cant be covered in Model Code of Conduct #भाजपा_संग_बिहार— hanish kumar (@itshanish) September 16, 2015
Also, MCC rules will only state that no Bihar specific Govt. scheme is announced in Mann Ki Baat. Apart from that there are no objections.— Prabuddha Saha (@prabuddhasaha) September 16, 2015