PM Modi meets journalists at 'Diwali Milan', recalls good old days

Javier Stokes
October 29, 2017

Though he did not name any outfit or person, the comment - articulated during the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP's) Diwali celebrations - comes at a time when opposition Congress is poised for a leadership change.

The media often talks about and discusses the funding of political parties, PM Modi said at the interaction in New Delhi, adding that more needs to be done so that "democracy in political parties is a subject (that) more people (get to) know more about". "Their weaknesses should also be debated", he said. The media should watch how the parties function, how the leadership emerges, how democratic values and ideology are being practiced in the parties.

Prime Minister Modi said it was essential that political parties develop for the future with "true democratic spirit" where all voices are heard. The country, he said, is not much aware of the practise of democracy within parties and the media should turn its attention to it, 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.

The party's expansion may be a reason behind divergent views, he said. "I used to spend my day here, there are some old guards in the media, some are new, then there was no bandhan, aap logon ko tab khojna padta tha...", he said apparently referring to the limited reporters on the BJP beat and relatively low graph of the party earlier.

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"Half of the newspaper pages are filled with the criticism of the government".

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.

The prime minister, while addressing the media, said that country has witnessed the positive role played by media in making the Swachh Bharat Mission a success. But when it comes to Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, all are on the same page.

The event was attended by BJP chief Amit Shah, and Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, Smriti Irani and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

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