Published: Mon, April 23, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

BJP's mass base increasing, don't make irresponsible comments: Modi cautions leaders

BJP's mass base increasing, don't make irresponsible comments: Modi cautions leaders

Certain things are hard, but needs to be told, said Modi in a almost 2-minute message about speaking to media.

However, it seems that Union minister Santosh Gangwar did not listen to what PM Modi had to say. "Engaging in small talk and maligning the entire medical fraternity in India with a broad brush on foreign soil was certainly not expected out of the prime minister of the country.IMA expresses its displeasure on your unfortunate remarks", IMA Secretary-General Dr RN Tandon said to ANI.

In what seemed a reference to two BJP ministers' comments on the Kathua rape case, Modi also asked legislators to apply restraint before commenting on sensitive issues. "Specific people have been appointed to reply on issues", the PM said. Asking them not to give "masala" to the media, the PM said the lawmakers and legislators should not consider themselves as experts and make ill-informed statements.

"BJP cherishes the phenomenal affection received from all sections of society, in all parts of India".

"Earlier, the image of the BJP was limited to a specific community, urban areas and especially in northern India but it has changed now".

He asked all the party MLAs to undertake at least one developmental work for villages under them which would help take the villages forward, and also invited suggestions to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi with the focus on "Swachhta Abhiyan" (cleanliness drive). The report adds that IMA national president Dr Ravi S Wankhedkar urged Modi to reconsider his statement, as issues like medicine prices are in hands of the government, and not the medical fraternity. He also said that it was not because of any weakness in Congress, but BJP's grassroots level outreach efforts that had brought the party vast majority in 2014. Speaking on agriculture, he said many farmers were unaware of a number of agricultural facts and schemes and that there was a need to organise campaigns to educate them.

During the one hour-long interaction, the PM said 11 crore people had already benefited from the Mudra Yojana scheme.

The PM also shared his views on the recently launched Ayushman Bharat scheme.

Stressed on the collective power of the people living in villages, Modi said, "The development of villages is not a work of only the budget or the government".

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