PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi on Saturday urged the media to raise a debate on "internal democracy" in political 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.
PM Narendra Modi, said,"Democracy in political parties is something that the country is adapting to".
While Modi laid stress on the need for internal democracy, he went on to say that there were many voices within the BJP.
"Whether democratic values are a part of their (parties) core values or not should be debated widely".
Further emphasising the need for the people to know about the functioning of political parties, Modi said that there may be several doubts and discussions on how political parties are funded. Addressing party workers at a meeting in poll-bound Gujarat earlier this month, Modi had said that the state assembly elections would be a battle between development and dynasty.
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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This "ideological unanimity" he said, seems to have lost with the expansion of the party.
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.
The Prime Minister lauded the "great contribution" of media in the success of Swachchh Bharat Abhiyan. "We are entering the new year with a lot of positivity", he said.
A large number of media persons from print, audio-visual and digital media were present at the event.
The media has joined the scheme in "mission mode", he said, adding that the country has still a long way to go to achieve global standards of cleanliness but the campaign has built an atmosphere its its favour.
"Half of the newspaper pages are filled with the criticism of the government".