The Congress took a jibe at the Prime Minister on Sunday over his proposed ‘Narendra Modi Mobile App’, saying it will at least help him stay connected with problems of the farmer, poor, minorities and Dalits in the country as he is busy all the time travelling across the world.
“We are happy that he has announced an app in which he has said you can send your grievances directly to him. He is a very busy person. The PM has to travel. His connect was excellent when he was not the Prime Minister. He used to talk to people and communicate,” Congress spokesperson Tom Vaddakan said, referring to the PM’s foreign trips and his pre-election campaigns.
In his monthly radio programme ‘Mann ki Baat’, the Prime Minister asked the youth to share their views with him through the ‘Narendra Modi Mobile App’ during the five-day National Youth Festival, a yearly programme to mark Swami Vivekananda’s birthday, which will commence in Raipur in Chhattisgarh on January 12.
In another major announcement, Modi said the action plan for ‘Start Up India, Stand Up India’ -- his government’s campaign to boost entrepreneurship, will be announced on January 16.
Vadakkan said Modi can also address the issue of intolerance through this app.
“Farmers can address their grievances directly, unemployment can be addressed through the app. If there is a situation disturbing, like a riot, intolerance in any part of the country, you can address it to the PM directly without having any emissary,” the Congress spokesperson said.
Attacking the Prime Minister for his statement in Kabul that Pakistan is a bridge between Afghanistan and India, Vadakkan said both the countries are sovereign and there was no need for any bridge between the two.
“It was nail-biting wait as the Prime Minister’s was on three-nation visit where he said he had breakfast in one country, lunch in another and dinner in a third country. It was dream of former Prime Minster Manmohan Singh... he said the same, but the then Opposition, the BJP, opposed the trip.
“We heard the speech of Prime Minister and it was interesting. But more interesting was his mention that India Afghanistan relationship will be build by a bridge in Pakistan. These are two sovereign nations. Do we need bridges built by Pakistan? We are independent nations and we are capable of dealing with each other without bridges from Pakistan,” he said, adding that incursions and cross-border terrorism still persist.
The ruling BJP, for its part, said the Opposition should refrain from the politicisation of PM Modi’s Mann ki Baat programme and should instead contribute to it.
“Mann ki Baat is not a political platform. Those political parties which constantly try to politicise it need to reflect that when it is not a political platform, then why make an attempt to do so,” BJP leader Nalin Kohli said.
“The Prime Minister engages with the nation on this platform. He raises social issues, issues of national interest. He also sometimes announces and brings to the nation the issues raised by people themselves. So it has to be treated like that,” he added.
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said: “The Opposition must not politicise the voice of the guardian of the nation.”