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PM Modi calls for debate on internal democracy in parties

PM Modi calls for debate on internal democracy in parties

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.

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He also said that media must play a constructive role in democracy and even stressed upon the importance of democracy stating that political parties must discuss democracy. Modi also said the BJP had seldom been as democratic as its now. I feel you friends will some day study and bring out what is the structure of a party, how leadership flourishes, how the new generation gets opportunity, are democratic values part of its core values? "We need to have transparency in the recruitment that political parties do", he said. Democracy in political parties is something that the country is adapting to. Modi also acknowledged that there are many voices within the BJP as 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.

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The BJP has been always hammering at the "misrule and corruption" of the Nehru-Gandhi family since the Independence and projecting itself as a "party with difference", focusing on the correctness of its "chaal, charitra and chehra".

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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. He said the nation is entering the new year with a lot of positivity. "In the past few days, all newspapers have been filled with the criticism of the government". 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. 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. But when it comes to Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, all are on the same page.