Indian PM Narendra Modi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that he kept politics away and only reflected the aspirations of the people in his "Mann Ki Baat" aired on radio every month. "I am sure reverberations of the spirit of football will be heard all around", PM Modi said during his "Mann Ki Baat" address to the country.

Terming the police action on students in BHU as "one of the most shameful incidents", he criticised the Centre and state governments for their alleged failure in maintaining law and order in the state. Naturally, I am not able to refer to all of it but the inputs given help us in the governance. People are actively contributing towards Swachh Bharat.

Modi mentioned how Mahatma Gandhi, Lokmanya Tilak, Swami Vivekanand and former President APJ Abdul Kalam travelled across India and understood the country. "All these great men. tried to know and understand India; tried to live India within themselves".

"Mann Ki Baat has become a unique opportunity to connect with the entire country".

With the opposition parties attacking government's handling of the economy by citing the fall in GDP rate and demonetisation figures, Modi is expected to take them on and highlight his dispensation's "successes" in boosting transparency and curbing black money, party sources said. He also hailed wives of two martyrs who recently joined the Army and appreciated the cleanliness drive being carried out by 18-year-old Bilal Dar in Srinagar. The monthly programme will also be telecast on public broadcaster Doordarshan and can be heard on All India Radio as well. "We should feel India's diversity, touch it, feel its fragrance". Modi praised Srinagar Municipal Corporation for appointing him its brand ambassador.

He asked people to buy a Khadi product this Gandhi Jayanti and light the lamp of prosperity in the lives of the poor, thus supporting the movement for the growth of the Khadi industry.

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