Modi seeks debate on intra-party democracy, targets Congress

Erika Holt
October 28, 2017

He pointed out that funding to political parties is often debated but not their values, ideologies, internal democracy and how they give opportunities to the new generation of leaders.

"Political parties should develop in true democratic spirit, this is very important for the country's future", Modi said.

He said the media has expanded so much now that it was hard to meet all journalists.

After his speech, Modi spent time meeting the journalists, posing as some took selfies with him.

The BJP has been always hammering at the "misrule and corruption" of the Nehru-Gandhi family since the Independence and projecting itself as a "party with difference", focusing on the correctness of its "chaal, charitra and chehra". While the ordinance has been put on the back-burner for now, senior BJP functionaries indicated that had Rajasthan Chief Minister made a decision to carry on with the legislation, the central leadership would have intervened.

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Stressing the inter-dependent relationship between politicians and the media, he said that "there have been expectations on both sides as also complaints". We need to find a middle path to move forward. He said that during the Jan Sangh era, which preceded the BJP, the view of the central leadership and the junior-most party worker was the same. "The problem is not in intention but there are practical problems", said Modi.

Massive Rally Planned For Modi's Bidar Visit Massive Rally Planned For Modi's Bidar Visit: To review the state unit's readiness for next year's elections to the Legislative Assembly, the top leaders of BJP chaired a series of meetings. "But it has become hard now", he said.

"That was an enjoyable atmosphere and we talked a lot".

At the outset, PM Modi recalled the days when he used to regularly interact with media persons while working at the BJP headquarters. "Half of the newspaper pages would be filled with the government's criticism. I thank each one of you for making it a personal mission".

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