Monday, 25 June, 2018

Don't blame media, we provide them 'masala', Modi tells party lawmakers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi presents an award to a civil servant during 12th Civil Services Day 2018 function in New Delhi on Saturday Prime Minister Narendra Modi presents an award to a civil servant during 12th Civil Services Day 2018 function in New Delhi on Saturday
Ellis Copeland | 22 April, 2018, 20:35

Recalling some controversial statements made by some party MPs during the early years of his government, he said: "Initially, when we formed the government, there were a few MPs - around 8-10 - they would speak a lot".

"We make mistakes and give "masala" to the media... as if we are great social scientists and experts to analyse issues... the moment you see a camera you start speaking". In a video-conference with lawmakers across the country, PM Modi ripped into the leaders, reminding them that this was affecting their image as well as the party's. "It is not the media's fault", the PM said, as per The Times of India.

Under attack from the opposition over rising cases of Dalit atrocities, Modi underlined the support the BJP had received from backward sections of the society.

During a weekly briefing on Thursday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said Pakistan has openly condemned the claims of surgical strikes and that India tried to inform Pakistan before launching the alleged strikes in September 2016.

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Modi also asked the representatives to try and expand their outreach among the people of the country. He also had a word of praise for the party's MPs and MLAs.

Appreciating the work of the BJP MPs and MLAs at the grassroot level, Modi said his government was focusing on education for children, opportunities for youth and healthcare for the elderly. "The government is focusing on education to children, opportunities for youth and medicine for elderly", he said.

While addressing the leaders of the party, Modi said that their connection with the people has made a positive change by ensuring that the schemes launched by the party reach the masses, along with the concerns of the people reaching the lawmakers.

During the hour-long interaction, the Prime Minister also answered questions on various issues including skilling the youth, rural development and farmers' welfare. The people also need to be aware of their rights and duties. "The government wants to establish wellness centres for villages, so that people can avail the best healthcare facilities".

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