PM Narendra Modi renewed his attack on Opposition saying that Lata Mangeshkar’s younger brother Hridaynath Mangeshkar was fired from All India Radio in 8 days by then Congress ruled Goa. He cited this incident to accuse Congress of stifling freedom of expression. Narendra Modi’s government gets accused constantly of this charge and he decided to speak against it.
He said, “Today India is sad because of the demise of Lata Mangeshkar ji, but let me tell you that during Congress rule in Goa, her younger brother, Hridaynath Mangeshkar, was removed from AIR in eight days as he recited some verses from Veer Savarkar’s poem.”
Modi called him a ‘proud son of Goa’. Goa is going into polls next week for Assembly Elections 2022. He added that, “What was his fault? He had only presented a patriotic poem by Veer Savarkar on AIR once.”
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In an interview once Hridaynath Mangeshkar spoke about meeting Veer Savarkar who said to him that, “Do you want to go to jail for reciting my poem?” But Hridaynath went for it which got him fired from All India Radio in just eight days.
PM Modi picked one more incident from the past to hit the haunch of the Opposition ahead of assembly elections in five states. He accused Congress for sending legendary lyricist Majrooh Sultanpuri to jail in 1949 for criticizing PM Jawahar Lal Nehru.
He also said that legendary singer Kishore Kumar got banned from singing on AIR after he refused to bow down to Indira Gandhi during Emergency. “The Congress’s problem is that it has never thought beyond its dynasty. The biggest threats to democracy are dynastic parties… and when the family becomes paramount, first casualty is talent.”
PM said in Parliament that ‘talent is the first casualty of dynastic politics’ and also said that country would be very different if it was not ruled by Congress. Only time will tell about effect of these accusations on Assembly Elections that are starting from tomorrow.