Mumbai: Former MP and senior Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit has launched a ‘Kaam ki Baat’ campaign to counter Narendra Modi’s Mann ki Baat, a monthly radio programme in which the Prime Minister speaks on a range of issues, political and not so political.
Dikshit has started uploading a series of videos on social media platforms to take on various statements made by the Prime Minister during the course of his Mann ki Baat programme, at times even suggesting the PM to work on his queries.
Dikshit said he will release a ‘Kaam ki Baat’ video every month after Prime Minister’s Mann ki Baat address. Dikshit, son of former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit, dissected the Prime Minister’s statements on Digi Dhan, farmers’ issues and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Narendra Modi had spoken on these subjects in his Mann ki Baat address on Sunday.
“The PM has congratulated ISRO for its great job of sending 104 satellites in the space. However, he never talks about India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, who actually established ISRO in year 1962,” said Dikshit.
Dikshit said whatever ISRO is today is because of the support of successive governments in last 70 years and Modi alone cannot take the credit for its success. “At least he should mention the names of those prime ministers who supported the organisation,” he said.
Dikshit also slammed the Prime Minister for his ambiguous stand on black money–black money menace was one of the reasons cited by the Narendra Modi government for demonetisation of high-value currency.
“Prime Minister is claiming that Digi Dhan is the future but he failed to tell us about black money, for which demonetisation was brought. I think he is not able to tell us about the black money as he is unaware of what he has done,” Dikshit said in his Kaam ki Baat video.
He questioned the Central government’s ability to weed out corruption and asked the government to provide a list of “big fish” arrested with black money post demonetisation.
Dikshit also asked if the Prime Minister has fulfilled his promises to supply irrigation water to each and every field and provide soil health cards to farmers. “He had promised to get water to each and every agricultural farm in the country, but nothing had happened. He had also promised to make soil health cards for farmers but nobody knows where they are,” Dikshit said.
In his Mann ki Baat, the Prime Minister had said the country saw record food grain production this year.