Debate on simultaneous polls a fitting tribute to Vajpayee

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that ongoing debate on holding Lok Sabha and assembly polls together a healthy sign for democracy and also it was an appropriate tribute to former premier Atal Bihari Vajpayee who changed the country’s political culture. In his 47th edition of `Mann ki Baat’, he on the idea of ‘one nation, one poll’ and  said efforts were afoot and discussions being held about simultaneous polls.

“The government and the opposition – both are putting forth their viewpoints. This is a good development and a healthy sign for our democracy.””I must say that developing healthy traditions for a sound democracy, making constant efforts to strengthen democracy, encouraging open-minded debates would also be an appropriate tribute to Atalji,” he added.

The Kerala floods dominated the `Mann Ki Baat’ radio address. Modi assured the victims that India stands with them in their hour of need. “We express our condolences to the people who have lost their loved ones in the Kerala floods,” he said, adding that people from all walks of life have come forward to support them.

He also hailed the role of central forces who were involved in rescue operations in the natural disaster, which claimed 265 lives and wreaked destruction to the tune of Rs 20,000 crore. The Centre had released Rs 543 crore in financial aid to the state under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Gurantee Scheme on Friday.

Prime Minister asserted that his government will show zero tolerance towards those who commit crimes against women. “It’s for this reason that Parliament passed stricter laws against rape, and passed an amendment to make child rape punishable by the death penalty,” he added.

He also spared a mention for Indian players who won medals for the country at the Asian Games in Indonesia. “We are proud of the medal winners in the 2018 Asian Games, and wish the very best to those whose events are forthcoming. I once again urge the people of India to focus on fitness.” India has won 29 medals in the Games so far — seven gold, five silver and 17 bronze.

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