On Sunday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah visited the city for a family function and attended the live broadcast of the 100th episode of PM Modi’s ‘Mann ki Baat’ radio address. Although there was no formal political meeting held, Mr. Shah met with Eknath Shinde and Devendra Fadnavis, discussing various topics over the course of the day.
Shah informed the Mumbai BJP that he would attend the 100th episode of ‘Mann ki Baat’, which was broadcast live at 5,000 places in Mumbai and its suburbs, despite having a wedding at Charkop in Kandivali in the afternoon.
Mr. Amit Shah was welcomed by Mr. Shinde and Mr. Fadnavis at the airport at 10.30 am and subsequently taken to the Keshavrao Ghaisas auditorium in Vile Parle, located close to the airport. During the visit, Mr. Shah attended the 100th episode of the podcast, in the presence of Mr. Shinde, Mr. Fadnavis, Mr. Ashish Shelar, Mr. Parag Alavani, and Ms. Poonam Mahajan, amongst other BJP leaders. No formal speeches were made.
Shah went to Vile Parle for a 20-minute discussion with Shinde and Fadnavis regarding the pending Supreme Court verdict on the Shiv Sena split. The details of the discussion remain unknown. After the completion of the function, reconvened at the airport for an additional discussion prior to Shah’s departure for Delhi.
Shah expressed his opinion on Modi’s Mann Ki Baat program via Twitter, stating that the Prime Minister’s words of encouragement had motivated the youth, extended the reach of the government to all parts of India, and formed a connection between the citizens and the government.
He tweeted, “By platforming dialogues on different regions, languages, and dialects, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has strengthened India’s social democracy.”
Chief Minister Shinde also expressed his appreciation in a tweet that said, “Through this program, many problems in the country and their solutions, initiatives started with people’s participation, and work done by extraordinary personalities were mentioned. The activities that Prime Minister Modi ji called upon people to carry out turned into a people’s movement… He gave due place to each person for their work in the program. Because of the honorable mention of these people in the program, their work became known to other people.”
The BJP’s Mumbai Yuva Morcha promoted the occasion with considerable effort. Special broadcasts were arranged for women in jail and for dabbawalas and lawyers. Women from a variety of backgrounds, including those engaged in domestic work, business, sanitation, childcare, the Muslim community, autorickshaw drivers, and first-time voters, were invited to attend.
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