Published: Sun, October 29, 2017
Markets | By Rosalie Gross

BJP plans massive rally for Narendra Modi's Bidar visit

BJP plans massive rally for Narendra Modi's Bidar visit

With Rahul Gandhi's elevation as Congress chief imminent, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday urged the media to debate on the democratic values of various political parties for transparency in the evolution of their leadership.

Addressing the Bharatiya Janata Party's Diwali Milan in New Delhi, he said that people are not very familiar with democracy in political parties, and the country is still adapting to it.

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. "Do democratic values form the core of their values? I believe that the development of a true democratic spirit within political parties is necessary not only for the the country's future but also for democracy", he said. "In the past few days, all newspapers have been filled with the criticism of the government", said PM Modi, "but the focus on the cleanliness movement by the media is praiseworthy". Today we hear many voices in the party. "It is because the size of the party has grown, making it hard to give intense training and communicate", he said.

The Prime Minister recalled his good rapport with the media when he was an office-bearer of the party in Delhi and said he faced constraints now in meeting freely with journalists.

Speaking on the occasion, Amit Shah said the NDA government under Narendra Modi had tried to solve issues confronting the nation on every front, be it challenges from across the border or the economy.

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The event was attended by BJP national president Amit Shah, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State Jitendra Singh and Information and Broadcasting minister Smriti Irani among others.

PM Modi applauded media by recognising its role in creating a huge impact among the public.

The Prime Minister lauded the "great contribution" of media in the success of Swachchh Bharat Abhiyan.

Modi also said that there's a long association with each other and there is an understanding with which we all work for the country.

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