Mann Ki Baat: What Rahul wants to hear from Modi? ‘Jobs, Dhoka-Lam, Haryana rapes’
New Delhi, Jan 20: Every month on last Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation via his popular radio broadcast--Mann Ki Baat (Mind's Voice).
The PM started the unique tradition of speaking to people (one way) on October 3, 2014 and since then is religiously following it without any breaks.
Modi's critics and opposition political parties have often derided the attempt as nothing but "self-indulgent", as the PM never takes questions from people and press in the monthly broadcast.
In a reply of a sort to his critics, Modi has made it a point to ask for inputs and ideas from people for Mann Ki Baat on Twitter ahead of the broadcast every month.
On Thursday, Modi wrote on Twitter, "It is always a delight to read your insightful ideas and inputs for #MannKiBaat. What are your suggestions for 2018's first 'Mann Ki Baat' on 28th January? Let me know on the NM Mobile App. http://nm4.in/dnldapp."
It is always a delight to read your insightful ideas and inputs for #MannKiBaat. What are your suggestions for 2018’s first 'Mann Ki Baat' on 28th January? Let me know on the NM Mobile App. https://t.co/TYuxNNJfIf pic.twitter.com/XSN2MDd905— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 18, 2018
To the surprise of all, Congress president Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to advise Modi on what he should speak about in the upcoming Mann Ki Baat on January 28.
The Congress president asked the PM to address the subjects of unemployment, the alleged Chinese presence in Doklam and increasing number of rape cases in Haryana.
"Dear @narendramodi, since you've requested some ideas for your #MannKiBaat monologue, tell us about how you plan to 1. Get our youth JOBS 2. Get the Chinese out of DHOKA-LAM 3. Stop the RAPES in Haryana," Rahul tweeted.
Dear @narendramodi, since you've requested some ideas for your #MannKiBaat monologue, tell us about how you plan to:— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) January 19, 2018
1. Get our youth JOBS
2. Get the Chinese out of DHOKA-LAM
3. Stop the RAPES in Haryana. pic.twitter.com/pwexqxKrTQ
Rahul, who since the last few months has been winning Twitter by his witty one-liners and sarcasm, called Doklam Dhoka-lam (Dhoka in Hindi stands for cheating).
Recent reports suggested that Chinese troops have allegedly occupied parts of contentious Doklam plateau in the Sikkim sector and have built a huge military base.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the Centre has called the reports false. The Congress, on its parts, has accused the government of misleading the nation on the entire issue.
The Congress severely attacked the Modi government for failing to protect India's territorial interests. Last year, neighbouring countries India and China were involved in a standoff near the tri-border junction at Doklam in the Sikkim region beginning from June 16 to August 28.
However, the crisis ended after several rounds of talks between diplomats and officials of both the country.
Similarly, the BJP government in Haryana under chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar faced flak for failing to stop crime against women as in the recent times five horrific rape cases were reported from the state in five days.
Moreover, Rahul has regularly lambasted the Modi government for failing to provide jobs to the country's youths.
Now, we have to wait and watch to see if Modi would honour Rahul's suggestions in the upcoming episode of Mann Ki Baat.