Need more internal democracy in political parties: PM Modi

Top 5 quotes from PM Narendra Modi's interaction with journalists

Top 5 quotes from PM Narendra Modi's interaction with journalists

The PM, while addressing the event for the fourth time in a row, lauded the media for playing a pivotal role in making Swacch Bharat Campaign a success. "It is because the size of the party has grown, making it hard to give intense training and communicate", he said.

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. "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.

Speaking at a Diwali get-together with mediapersons at the BJP headquarters here, he said there should be a discussion on transparency in political parties.

Veteran party leader and former Union minister Yashwant Sinha had recently attacked the government for messing up the economy.

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In the past, the Prime Minister said, the BJP Central leadership's thinking was echoed by the workers at the grass-roots level but "today our party has different voices".

The prime minister said that earlier, there were very few people in the media industry but now, it is huge and a number of new mediums of news have also come up.

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. He said there were expectations from both sides (government and media) and that some middle path should be devised so that both could continue to move ahead. And the circle has become so big and media itself has so evolved in so many ways... But when it comes to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, all are on the same page.

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. "I thank each one of you for making it a personal mission".

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