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Tuesday 7 July 2020

Shatrughan Sinha mocks Modi over ‘Padma Awards’ remarks

New Delhi: Film actor turned politician Shatrughan Sinha on Monday mocked Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks that his government is giving Padma awards on the basis of merit, not a recommendation.

Sinha asked whether it was like the Cabinet positions where worthies like LK Advani, Yashwant Sinha, and Arun Shourie were left out.

Taking to social media Twitter, senior BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha said, “Sir. You said that the Padma Awards are now given on merit. Is it like the cabinet positions? Where meritorious worthies like LK Advani, Jaswant Singh, Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie, Murli Manohar Joshi, yours truly and many others are left out in the cold. Any remedies?”

Without taking the name of prime minister Narendra Modi, disgruntled BJP MP said, “Sir. I dare not speak my ‘Mann Ki Baat’. That brand name belongs exclusively to one person. So I can only indulge in ‘Dil Ki Baat’ Sir and my heart says – LK Advani couldn’t be made PM, for reasons most of us know. He couldn’t be made Home Minister, for reasons a few of us know,

he could not be made President – for reasons that you and I know very well. But Sir, surely he could have been honoured with the Bharat Ratna in this year’s Padma Awards. I do hope that my Dil Ki Baat hasn’t hurt anybody like Mann Ki Baat sometimes does.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the government has brought transparency in the selection of the prestigious Padma awards with this year’s awardees being people from common walks of life who may not be seen in big cities but have done transformative work for society.

In his monthly ‘Mann ki Baat’ radio programme on Sunday, compared with the previous system of selecting Padma awardees, Modi had said, “There was a certain methodology of awarding Padma Awards every year, but this entire process has been changed for the past three years.

Now any citizen can nominate any person in our country. Transparency has been brought about in the entire process by making it operable online. In a way, the selection of these awards has been transformed completely.

You may have noticed that many ordinary people not visible in big cities, in newspapers or on TV are being awarded Padma citations. Now the identity of the awardee is not the deciding factor of the award, rather the importance of his work is increasing.”

The PM said, “I am sure you all felt proud after reading about the Padma Awards. There is now greater transparency in the selection of Padma awardees.

Anyone can nominate names and a common man can also be cited for Padma awards without any recommendations. We have honoured those who may not be seen in big cities but have done transformative work for society.”

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Amit Kumar
Amit Kumar
This consulting editor of Sirf News is a senior journalist with more than 20 years of experience in reporting and editing, has worked with Hindusthan Samachar (news agency), Mail Today, Hindustan Times, Mid-Day, etc

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