Diwali Milan Samaroh: PM thanks media for Swachh Bharat Mission's success

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"It is also because the size of the party has grown, making it hard to train, communicate and so on", Modi said. "It is because the size of the party has grown, making it hard to give intense training and communicate", he said.

Modi also said there was a time when the BJP was ideologically a monolith, with ideological harmony from its central leadership to workers. "It should become an issue of our debate and deeply so", Modi said in his address to the media at the BJP's annual Diwali Milan here.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday took a dig at the Congress and a few other regional parties who thrive on "dynastic politics" and said there is utmost need for internal democracy and inculcating true democratic values in political parties. The funding of political parties is a point of media discussion and many things come out in the open.

Top leaders of BJP including Union minister for human resources development, Prakash Javadekar, and Union railways minister, Piyush Goyal, chaired a series of meetings to review the state unit's readiness for next year's elections to the Legislative Assembly. The Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje's Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance 2017 is also at variance with BJP's rhetoric against corruption. "It is important to discuss democracy in political parties", PM Modi added. 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. But when it comes to Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, all are on the same page. "I thank each one of you for making it a personal mission".

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Modi also expressed his regret over not being able to interact with the media as often as he used to when he was a BJP functionary.

"Now there are so many mediums".

They said, "Some of you say that Modi did not meet you, before we met you, knocked on the door and used to go in. But overall, 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", he said, adding that political parties evolving "with a true democratic spirit is necessary for the country, necessary for a democracy".

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