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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: During his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ address on All India Radio, Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised “people power” by saying that his appeals to promote khadi and to give up cooking gas subsidy had fetched tremendous response. He also urged people to purchase khadi products.

In his radio address, which has completed 12 editions, Modi said he has learnt the power and reach of democracy through his monthly address.

“Mann ki Baat has taught me a lot, about the strength that lies in the hands of the common people to bring changes in society,” he said.

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Saying khadi sales had doubled over one year, Modi also pointed out that there would be a month-long discount on khadi products from October 2. He said  the income from handloom and khadi sales go to the poor weavers or their widows.

“So I urge you all to give space to khadi in your homes this Diwali,” Modi said during Mann Ki Baat on Sunday.

“It gives me great pleasure to announce that khadi sales have doubled over one year,” he added, thanking people for having responded generously to a similar appeal he made last year.

Modi also announced that over three million families had surrendered their cooking gas subsidy following his call.

“Over 30 lakh families have surrendered their LPG subsidy, and not just the rich. Most are from the lower middle and middle classes like retired teachers, pensioners,” he said.

“I have got response in lakhs. This is nothing but proof of that a silent revolution is on,” he added while counting the success of his radio show.

Modi further said that his appeal to people to suggest how governance can be improved has fetched massive response. He said the lakhs of letters he had received has opened his eyes to the numerous problems people face vis-a-vis government programmes including at the grass root level.

Giving examples of “people power”, Modi said his mention of “selfie with daughter” had fetched lakhs of responses. “The daughter got so much of pride. This was like a silent revolution.”

Similarly, his appeal to send photos of interesting spots from across India had fetched a huge response. People sent lakhs of beautiful pictures from all corners of the country. “Perhaps the tourism department has not got so many pictures of India, and the government has not spent any money.”

Modi said the government can work together with the society like a catalyst to bring about changes.

With inputs from IANS

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Modi said at the Delhi convention that the opposition was working on a "desperate alliance," while the BJP would give a "strong government."

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Rahul Gandhi, president of India's main opposition Congress Party, speaks at a rally ahead of October's 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 11, 2019. VOA

India’s main opposition Congress Party will simplify the goods and services tax (GST) and make “rational economic decisions” to attract foreign investment if voted back to power in a general election due by May, leader Rahul Gandhi said Saturday.

Launched in 2017, the GST was initially hailed as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s biggest economic reform as it replaced more than a dozen federal and state levies and unified Asia’s third-largest economy.

But its chaotic implementation and complexities — months after a shock ban by Modi on high-value bank currency aimed at unearthing untaxed wealth — badly hurt small businesses and led to millions of job losses in the cash-driven economy, presenting the biggest challenge to Modi’s re-election chances.

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India’s Congress party President Rahul Gandhi displays documents in New Delhi, India. VOA

 

Gandhi, scion of India’s Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, said during a visit to Dubai that foreign investment was at a multiyear low in India because of the “ill-advised and badly thought out economic moves” such as the currency ban and a “poorly designed GST.”

Quick growth promised

“We will take some rational economic decisions,” he told a press conference, which was broadcast live on Twitter. “We will restructure the GST and we will embrace investments from the Middle East and other parts of the world. We are the party of [India’s economic] liberalization; we are the party that gave the fastest economic growth in the first decade of the century, and will do that again.”

He said his main priority would be to create jobs, simplify the GST, rebuild confidence in institutions such as the Reserve Bank of India — whose governor resigned recently after a fight over autonomy with the government, and the Supreme Court.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center, is garlanded by BJP leaders on the first day of the two-day Bharatiya Janata Party national convention in New Delhi, Jan. 11, 2019. VOA

 

Four Supreme Court judges held a rare press conference early last year, saying that “unless this institution is preserved and it maintains its equanimity, democracy will not survive in this country.”

Modi told a BJP convention in New Delhi on Saturday that for Congress “every institution was wrong and only they were right.”

The Congress press conference was organized by the Indian Overseas Congress, which is present in about 35 countries, as Gandhi tries to reach out to rich Indians living abroad for funds and social media support for the party that has dominated the country’s politics for decades before being nearly decimated in the last general election in 2014 by Modi.

But back home, Gandhi received a jolt when bitter rivals, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP), announced an election tie-up without Congress in Uttar Pradesh state, which sends the highest number of lawmakers to the lower house of parliament.

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Elaborate preparations for PM’s election rally. VOA

“The BSP and SP have made a political decision,” Gandhi said. “It’s on us on how to strengthen the Congress Party in Uttar Pradesh and we will fight with our full capacity. Whether we do or their alliance does, the BJP is not winning there.”

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Modi said at the Delhi convention that the opposition was working on a “desperate alliance,” while the BJP would give a “strong government.”

The Hindu nationalist BJP lost power in three key states recently, forcing the government to announce a flurry of measures to woo small businesses and the less well-off since then. (VOA)