35th edition of Mann ki Baat, a weekly radio address of Prime Minister Narendra Modi started off with an expected condemning of violence caused by Dera Sacha Sauda followers in North India after their ‘chief’ Ram Rahim was convicted of rape by a CBI court on Friday.

“India is the land of Mahatma Gandhi and Lord Buddha. Violence is not acceptable in the nation, in any form. Those who take the law in their hands or take to violence will not be spared, whoever they are,” said the Prime Minister asserting that the constitution will take action against these unruly elements and every grievance will be redressed.

“Violence in the name of faith will not be tolerated. Whether it is faith based on community, political ideology, individual or tradition,” he asserted while referring to his similar statement in the Independence Day speech.

Continuing with his ‘speech’, as stated this morning by Congressman Sandeep Dikshit the Prime Minister conveyed congratulatory messages for the upcoming festivals of Ganesh Chaturthi and Onam. Following that, he spoke at lengths about his new cleanliness program and praised the use of eco-friendly Ganesh Idols.

His new approach towards cleanliness was aimed at incorporating it with the festivities and how good, clean and pompous celebrations can attract tourism. ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’- let us create a mass movement around this in the run up to Gandhi Jayanti & give renewed focus to cleanliness, addressed the Prime Minister.


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