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

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

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday addressed the Diwali Milan Samaroh at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters in New Delhi.

Though the prime minister made no reference to any rival party, but his comments come against the backdrop of reports that the Congress may elevate its vice president Rahul Gandhi as president in place of his mother Sonia Gandhi. Modi said he could also identify some media who criticise for the sake of criticism. "I believe that the development of a true democratic spirit within political parties is necessary not only for the country's future but also for a healthy democracy", the PM said.

"Whether democratic values are a part of the core values of political parties or not should be debated widely".

"There must be a detailed debate about the shortcomings in political parties too", he remarked, adding in the BJP, "Often many voices are heard" - in an oblique reference to the likes of Yashwant Sinha and Shatrughan Sinha.

"It is no longer seen that a party's view is made by senior leaders and everyone down the line speaks the same view".

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Modi referred to the time he spent as a BJP office-bearer in the party's central office and said there were many people in the gathering who can tell him that he does not meet them now. "It is also because the size of the party has grown, making it hard to train, communicate and so on", Modi said.

A large number of media persons from print, audio-visual and digital media were present at the event. "In the past few days, all newspapers have been filled with the criticism of the government".

The event was attended by BJP chief Amit Shah, and Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, Smriti Irani and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

The prime minister, while addressing the media, said that country has witnessed the positive role played by media in making the Swachh Bharat Mission a success. He also praised the media for its support to "Swachh Bharat" (Clean India) project, saying it has spoken in one voice over the issue even if it might have been critical of the government over other matters.