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Mann Ki Baat: What Rahul wants to hear from PM? This time on Nirav Modi, Rafale scams

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    New Delhi, Feb 23: It seems Congress president Rahul Gandhi has become a 'big fan' of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's monthly radio broadcast--Mann Ki Baat (Heart's Talk). Perhaps that is why after January, once again this month, Rahul wants Modi to speak on subjects concerning the nation. For the upcoming Mann Ki Baat programme, scheduled on February 25, Rahul wants the PM to speak on the multi-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) and Rafale scams.

    "Modi Ji, last month you ignored my suggestions for your Mann Ki Baat monologue. Why ask for ideas when in your heart you know what every Indian wants to hear you speak about? 1. Nirav Modi's 22,000 Cr. Loot & Scoot 2. The 58,000 Cr. RAFALE scam. I look forward to your sermon," tweeted Rahul.

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    The Congress has been regularly targetting the Modi government over the PNB scam, masterminded by billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi who has fled the country, and the defence scandal involving the purchase of French fighter aircraft Rafale. Till now, Modi has not spoken anything about both the scams.

    Every month on last Sunday, PM Modi addresses the nation via his popular radio broadcast. The PM started the unique tradition of speaking to people (one way) on October 3, 2014, and since then he has been 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.

    "What are your ideas and inputs for this month's #MannKiBaat, which will take place on the 25th? Dial 1800-11-7800 to record your message. You can also write on the NM App Open Forum or share your suggestions on MyGov," Modi wrote on Twitter to announce about February's Mann Ki Baat.

    Last month too, Congress president took to Twitter to advise Modi on what he should speak about in the Mann Ki Baat programme, aired 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 had tweeted.

    However, in the last edition of Mann Ki Baat, Modi did not talk about any of the issues suggested by Rahul. Hopefully, this time Modi will speak out on Nirav Modi-PNB and Rafale scams.

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