PM uses Diwali Milan to lambast at Congress on dynastic politics

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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.

In his last meeting, Mr. Javadekar had instructed to conduct booth empowerment programmes in each booths and assigned the party leaders take in-charge of boots, today he has reviewed the progress of works.

Mr Modi stressed that there was need to create more awareness about the internal working of a political party. "It is also because the size of the party has grown, making it hard to train, communicate and so on", Modi said. "Many a time, different views are expressed", he said.

Modi said it was essential that political parties develop with a "true democratic spirit". However, "how they are formed, how they function, how they recruit, their values, their ideologies and their weaknesses, what is the reason behind such weaknesses.all this should be debated", the prime minister said. "Whether democracy exists as the core issue in political parties should be debated in India, though there has already been discussion on political funding", he added.

BJP chief Amit Shah, Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Smriti Irani had joined the PM in Deepawali Mangal Milan Samaroh at BJP Headquarters.

GVL Narsimha Rao and Sambit Patra were also present at the event. 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. "Half of the newspaper pages would be filled with the government's criticism.But when it comes to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, all are on the same page", he said. And the circle has become so big and media itself has so evolved in so many ways... "I thank each one of you for making it a personal mission". Nowadays, though, you complain that we do not get to sit and chat like we used to.

The media has joined the scheme in "mission mode", he said, adding that the country has still a long way to go to achieve global standards of cleanliness but the campaign has built an atmosphere its its favour.

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