Modi seeks debate on intra-party democracy, targets Congress

29 October, 2017, 01:53 | Author: Regina Lloyd
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi

He urged the media to provide constructive ideas and also lauded the "positive role played by the media in making the Swachh Bharat Mission a success".

This "ideological unanimity" he said, seems to have lost with the expansion of the party.

Referring to the structure of political parties, Modi said that democracy in parties is something new that the country is adapting to and it is a subject that people should know more about. "We are entering the new year with a lot of positivity", he said.

More than 3 lakh party workers from 100 assembly constituencies are also likely to assemble at Hubli, where the PM might address another event on December 21. He added, "We need to have transparency in the recruitment that political parties do".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday attended "Diwali Milan" programme at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi.

Though he did not mention the party, his attack was on the Congress which he and the BJP have repeatedly accused of being "dynastic" and "undemocratic", saying that a member of Nehru-Gandhi family normally occupies its top post. "But overall, how they are formed, how they function, how they recruit, their values, their ideologies and their weaknesses, what is the reason behind such weaknesses. all this should be debated", Modi said, adding that political parties evolving "with a true democratic spirit is necessary for the country, necessary for a democracy".

BJP president Amit Shah along with all senior party leaders, including G V L Narasimha Rao and Sambit Patra, were also in attendance at this event. "Half of the newspaper pages would be filled with the government's criticism".

"Journalists are able to observe things from a different perspective as they move around and talk to many people".

They said, "Some of you say that Modi did not meet you, before we met you, knocked on the door and used to go in".

While the government and media may have complaints against each other, Modi hoped the two can still amicably work together as both care for the country's interests.


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