Mudda discusses Modi speech on Venkaiah Naidu, Doklam standoff
Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu became the 13th Vice-President of India earlier this month. While welcoming him as the chairperson of the Rajya Sabha today, Prime Ministert Narendra Modi noted that all the top four constitutional posts of the country—President, Vice-President, Prime Minister and Lok Sabha speaker—are occupied by “people from a humble, rural background”. He stressed on the fact that Naidu being a “farmer’s son”, would most certainly know their needs and will work for them. A prominent leader of the BJP, he served as the Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Urban Development and Information and Broadcasting in the Modi Cabinet. Prior to that, he was also the Minister of Rural Development in the Vajpayee cabinet.
Friday’s edition of Mudda discussed Modi’s speech welcoming Naidu. Moderated by Anant Tyagi, the guests were BJP spokesperson Navin Kumar, Congress spokesperson Onkar Nath Singh and APN consulting editor Govind Pant Raju.
Navin Kumar said: “The citizens of India should know that when a farmer’s son or someone from a rural background rules the country, he/she definitely bears their best interests at heart. Naidu will work for their development.”
Congress to bardast nahi kar sakte hai garib admi ko in power. What did they do with Shastri and Chandrasekhar. When Rajendra Prasad finished his term, he went on to live in a two-room apartment in Patna. When he died Nehru refused to attend his funeral. He said he is needed in Himachal Pradesh.
Onkar Nath Singh however stressed on the fact that this is not the first time that someone from a rural background has held such posts. He said: “One should hail the Constitution of India that has enabled them to attain such esteem positions. Why are we talking about Naidu’s background? Congress, too, had leaders like Lal Bahadur Shastri, Deve Gowda, Dr Rajendra Prasad, KR Narayanan, APJ Abdul Kalam who were from humble and rural backgrounds. This is nothing new. When Congress did anything wrong, BJP ousted us. If BJP ever wrongs us, the citizens will out them from their power.”
To this, Kumar said Congress has never tolerated anyone from a rural background in power. He explained: “When Rajendra Prasad finished his tenure as the president of India, he went on to live in a two-room apartment in Patna. When he died Nehru did not even come at his funeral. His excuse was he is needed in Himachal Pradesh.”
At this a heated discussion started between Singh and Kumar. The anchor managed the situation and brought the focus on the topic again.
Govind Pant Raju said that this will not have any political ramifications as such as all the leaders had declared beforehand, when their nominations came, that they are “all-party’s man”.
The second half of Mudda discussed the Doklam issue and the media war that is going on in the country. Security experts Col (Retd) Fasi Ahmed, Lt Gen (Retd) AK Bakshi and Col (Retd) RB Sharma joined the discussion.
Fasi Ahmed said: “A lot of fake news is doing the rounds. War hysteria is being created by the media. Our government is tackling the situation with patience and keeping a low profile. It might be that our media is reacting to China’s media. This might be a propaganda.”
AK Bakshi however said that there might not be any motive behind the media created hysteria. He said: “Our media is free media. No one is controlling it. So I don’t think there is any motive behind this. Media delegation was told not to pay heed to anything except what defence ministry is telling you.”
RB Mishra clarified the false facts propagated by Chinese media. He explained: “We did not occupy any Chinese territory. There is a disputed area and China is claiming it is their area. It seems the Chinese media started the war by propagating false facts. We are trying to resolve it peacefully. Even if we have to start a war, we will not be afraid.”
Govind Pant Raju said: “Chinese media is surely making up facts and showing it. We don’t want to instigate it. We want a peaceful solution to it and our government is doing everything to resolve it peacefully.”
Omkar Nath Singh, however, said that the Indian media should expose the false facts propagated by the Chinese media and hence they have started this war hysteria.
Compiled by Usha Rani Das
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