EC rejects cancellation demand of PM's 'Mann Ki Baat' on AIR, puts conditions

NEW DELHI: The Election Commission (EC) has rejected demands for putting off the national broadcast of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Mann Ki Baat until the Bihar elections are over, but said nothing should be said that will have a bearing on the state polls.


The demand had been made by the Grand Alliance formed in Bihar for the polls of various parties.


Meanwhile, Modi has once again offered to share recordings of the messages he receives from people on different issues for the next edition of Mann Ki Baat, which will be broadcast on All India Radio and linked channels on 25 October.


The Prime Minister has urged people to share their ideas for the programme on the MyGov Open Forum. 

In a tweet he said: “Have an idea for #MannKiBaat programme this Sunday? Share it on the MyGov Open Forum.”.  

The Prime Minister has also invited people to share their voice messages for the programme on the toll-free number 1800-3000-7800. Selected voice messages may be included as part of the broadcast. 

“Your voice on #MannKiBaat...dial 1800-3000-7800 and share your message. Some of them will be a part of the programmethis Sunday,” he tweeted. 

The Mann Ki Baat broadcast this Sunday will the 13th edition of the programme and is scheduled for broadcast at 11 am.  

The programme is broadcast live on the entire All India Radio network and Doordarshan channels. The programme would also be live-streamed on the YouTube channels of Prime Minister’s Office, Information & Broadcasting Ministry, and DD News. Regional language versions of this broadcast will be aired by AIR stations in respective regions at 8 pm the same day.

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