Striking at Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the big old party sacked All India Radio’s brother Lata Mangeshkar for presenting poetry on Veer Savarkar.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. (Photo: Sansad TV/Screenshot)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday accused Congress of stifling free speech, saying the big old party sacked the brother of legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar from All India Radio for presenting poetry on Veer Savarkar.
Responding to the debate on the President’s vote of thanks to the Rajya Sabha, Prime Minister Modi said: “Lata Mangeshkarji, who passed away recently, was from Goa. His brother Hridaynath Mangeshkar was expelled from All India Radio while presenting a program on Veer Savarkar’s poem on nationalism.
Prime Minister Modi also claimed that acclaimed poet and lyricist Majrooh Sultanpuri and Professor Dharmapal were imprisoned for over a year for criticizing the policies of former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
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“Legendary singer Kishore Kumar was kicked out during the emergency for not speaking up for Indira Gandhi,” Prime Minister Modi said.
“Any protest against a particular family can get them in trouble. Sitaram Kesri [former Congress president] is an example of that,” he added.
Accusing Congress of following a dynastic policy, Prime Minister Modi said that when a family is supreme in any party, the first casualty is talent.
“For ages, India has suffered because of this mindset. I call on all parties to cultivate democratic values within their ranks and Congress as the oldest party should assume greater responsibility. responsibility in this regard,” Prime Minister Modi said.
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