Congress to ask EC for ban on ‘Mann ki Baat’



376318-mann-ki-baat-modiNew Delhi:  After Sonia Gandhi’s attack on Modi government, Congress will now approach the Election Commission on Wednesday to seek a ban on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Mann ki Baat” radio address to the nation until assembly elections are over in Bihar, a party leader said.

“Congress along with JD-U and RJD leader will approach Election Commission today (Wednesday) to seek ban on Mann Ki Baat. Broadcast of this programme should be banned as model code of conduct for the assembly polls for Bihar is in force,” a senior Congress leader was quoted as saying.

“It is a misuse of government machinery and is not permissible,” the leader said.

Modi is scheduled to address the people in his radio programme “Mann Ki Baat” on September 20.

This will be the 12th “Mann Ki Baat”, a programme where the prime minister shares his thoughts on different issues.

The first edition was aired on October 3 last year.

As per rules, when the model code of conduct is in force, the telecast or broadcast by political parties on Doordarshan or All India Radio can only be done as per the slot allotted to them by a draw of lots conducted by Prasar Bharti in consultation with EC.

The five-phased Bihar polls begin October 12 and will conclude November 6. Counting will be held November 8.

With inputs from IANS