Mann Ki Baat: PM Narendra Modi praises ‘voter-friendly’ EC

During his Mann Ki Baat address, PM Modi emphasised that it was essential for everybody to register as voters and "definitely" exercise franchise.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: September 21, 2015 2:24 am
Narendra Modi, Mann Ki Baat, Bihar elections, Election Commission, Bihar polls 2015, Modi Mann Ki Baat, Modi election commission, Bihar polls Narendra modi, Voter turnout, Politics news, India news, Modi news In the 12th edition of the radio show, the Prime Minister said, “Till a few years ago, we used to see that our Election Commission is working just as a regulator. But it has undergone a significant change in the past few years. Today, our EC is not a mere regulator anymore. (Source: PTI file photo)

Two days after it cleared — with riders — the airing of the radio programme “Mann Ki Baat”, the Election Commission on Sunday found a prominent mention in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s monthly broadcast. The Prime Minister said the poll panel had evolved from a “regulator” to a “facilitator” and congratulated it for increase in voter turnouts.

In the 12th edition of the radio show, the Prime Minister said, “Till a few years ago, we used to see that our Election Commission is working just as a regulator. But it has undergone a significant change in the past few years. Today, our EC is not a mere regulator anymore. It has instead become a facilitator, is more voter-friendly and voters are now at the centre of all its plans and thoughts. This is a welcome change.”

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Modi’s remarks were in response to an audio message from one Bhargavi Kanade, who requested him to increase awareness about voter registration. “But only the Election Commission working on this would not suffice. We need to have an atmosphere of awareness in schools, colleges and neighbourhoods. It should not be so that this awareness comes only when elections come,” Modi said.

Following a complaint by opposition parties seeking suspension of the radio show till completion of the Bihar elections, saying that the use the “official mass media” will give the BJP an “unfair advantage”, the Election Commission had on Friday said that it had “no objection” to the airing of the programme provided nothing is said in it that may be construed as inducement to voters.

Modi said that the voters’ list should be constantly updated and citizens should keep an eye on that. “I have got an invaluable right… whether my right is secure or not… whether I am using or not using that right… we need to develop this habit,” he said. He said that he hoped the country’s youth, who still have not enrolled as voters, will do so and vote in future.

He said that as many as 55,000 calls had been received after he asked people to phone-in with their suggestions.

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    Karunakaran
    Sep 20, 2015 at 3:27 pm
    What a pathetic character! Wants to advertise to everyone that he is the PM, but can't see what he is fit for. Everyone I know is deeply regretting for electing him and the BJP. It is a party for the industrialists. BJP is not a party for the common man.
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      MD1978
      Sep 20, 2015 at 3:35 pm
      Dont be snobbish Mr Karunakaran. Reserve yr judgement after 5 yrs. PM alone cannot change the country. U need to do yr bit.
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        Thobla Ghanti
        Sep 20, 2015 at 5:05 pm
        You are from Rahul Public School. No wonder.
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        1. उर्मिला.अशोक.शहा
          Sep 21, 2015 at 9:20 am
          vande mataram-Safffron blind may not see any vertues in Modi but world over he has been recognise as India's prime minister leader ja g te r ho
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            Vivek Tailang
            Sep 21, 2015 at 1:37 pm
            Why? why not conversation with Janta. This is first and very important for any leader who regularly communicated with Janta for whom he is responsible for. Radio and Media is only the way to communicate with M. This is unfortunate that the there was a big gap to communicate with aam janta by PM. Now if he is trying so may be he will get information about the basic issues that aam janta wants to resolve. Appreciate of this try by Our PM. If we look him into only as a PM so may be we can understand the fact that this is really very revolutionary act by our PM to connect the government with aam janta.
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