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Need more internal democracy in political parties: Narendra Modi

28 October 2017

Modi, who was speaking at a "Diwali Milan" event for mediapersons at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi, 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.

Modi also said that the country has witnessed the positive role played by media in making the Swach Bharat Mission a success.

Seen as a veiled attack on reports of Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi soon occupying top party past, Modi demanded that people should discuss whether democratic values are enshrined in the core value of the political party.

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In the annual interaction with the media, Modi said that it has rekindled the memories of old days when he used to work at the party headquarters.

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The event was also attended by party president Amit Shah, Union ministers Dr Jitendra Singh and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

Stressing the inter-dependent relationship between politicians and the media, he said that "there have been expectations on both sides as also complaints". But I think it is our professional hazard.

The party's expansion may be a reason behind divergent views, he said. The PM said that there are some practical problems, due to which he usually can not get to the media. He noted that when it was a small organisation earlier or during the times of Jana Sangh, its forerunner, there used to be "ideological harmony" from its central leadership down to workers in the bottom rung. "But it has become hard now", he said.

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

PM asserted that it is only by experience one could conclude who comes with an agenda and who comes to serve the people of the nation. But when it comes to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, all are on the same page.

Need more internal democracy in political parties: Narendra Modi