All eyes now on Modi's 'Mann Ki Baat' radio address

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives to address his supporters after the election results at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarter in New Delhi. Reuters photo

With the BJP set to form its government, all eyes are now on the next episode of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's monthly radio talk 'Mann ki Baat'.

On February 24, Modi had given “a pause” to his monthly radio address, asserting that he would come back and resume it “on the last Sunday of May” to continue his 'Mann ki Baat' “for years” after the general elections are over.

“The next episode of ‘Mann Ki Baat’ will be broadcast on the last Sunday of the month of May. This means I shall take up our thoughts and ideas accumulated over the three months of March, April & entire May after the elections, with confidence a new,” he had said during his 53rd radio address.

Modi had announced the suspension of his monthly radio programme for three months in the mark of “respect for healthy democratic traditions” ahead of polls, exuding confidence in the BJP's victory in the Lok Sabha elections with the “blessings” of the people.

“In the next two months, we will be busy in the hurly-burly of the general elections. I myself will also be a candidate during this election. With the power of your blessings, once again I shall begin this series of conversations through ‘Mann Ki Baat’ and shall keep doing ‘Mann Ki Baat’ with you for years,” he said.

Modi began his 'Mann ki Baat' radio address in 2014 after coming at the helm of affairs with the NDA's thumping victory in last Lok Sabha elections.

With the All India Radio's extensive reach across the country, the programme helped Modi reach out to the masses every month.

While Modi's monthly radio address was simultaneously aired live by Doordarshan and most of the private news channels, it was also made available to people through various social media platforms including NaMo App.

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