'Indian democracy welcomes New India voters': PM Modi

'Indian democracy welcomes New India voters': PM Modi

Addressing the nation through the 39th edition of his "Mann ki Baat" radio programme, Modi said around 1,300 women have applied to go for Haj without a male guardian. "People born in the year 2000 or later; those born in the 21st century will gradually become eligible voters from the 1st of January, 2018", Modi said in his Mann Ki Baat broadcast. "Indian democracy welcomes New India voters".

Prime Minister Modi further said he met some daughters of Jammu and Kashmir and was amazed at the spirit and enthusiasm they nurtured.

In his address to the party's MPs during the parliamentary meet on December 20, after a tough Gujarat election, PM Modi had asked them to rope in the youth and millennials, who would soon be ready to vote. It aims at creating a nation free of casteism, communalism, corruption, filth and poverty; and a nation where ample opportunities are created and aspirations fulfilled.

He also focussed on the Swachh Bharat mission and said that cleanliness surveys will be conducted from January 4 to 10, 2018 to evaluate achievements in cleanliness level in our urban areas.

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Modi also spoke about Anjum Bashir Khan Khattak, who extricated from sting of terrorism and hatred and topped in Kashmir Administrative Examination. "The Republic Day will be celebrated with leaders of all 10 ASEAN countries coming to India as Chief Guests".

"It had come to our notice that if a Muslim woman wants to go for Haj, she must have a "Mehram" or a male guardian, otherwise she can not travel". This is unprecedented in India's history...

PM Modi also said that it was time to transform the nation from "Positive India" to "Progressive India". ASEAN completed its 50 years of formation in 2017 and in 2017, 25 years of India's partnership with ASEAN was completed. The guiding force of this New India, he said, will be "Peace, Unity and Goodwill".

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that his government has removed the restriction on Muslim women from performing Haj alone, following which hundreds of women have applied to travel alone for the pilgrimage, Times of India reported.