PM Modi warns BJP lawmakers against making ‘irresponsible’ statements

22 April 2018, 08:53 PM
PM Modi warns BJP lawmakers against making ‘irresponsible’ statements (Source: IANS)
PM Modi warns BJP lawmakers against making ‘irresponsible’ statements (Source: IANS)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday warned the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislators and told them to take care before making any ‘irresponsible’ statement in front of the media.

The prime minister, who was addressing the lawmakers via a video conference call using the Narendra Modi app, asked the BJP MPs and MLAs across the country to avoid making foot-in-mouth remarks on every issue.

He warned all the legislators and said not to make any ill-informed statements which could later be used by the media and urged the leaders to use social media instead to connect with the people.

“We commit mistakes and give masala to media. The moment we see a camera, we jump to make a statement as if we are great social scientists or experts ... and then these ill-informed statements are used by media. It is not the media's fault,” Modi said via the video conference.

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PM Modi’s statements sternly came after Minister of State for Finance Santosh Gangwar said while commenting on the recent heated Kathua and Unnao rape case. “Such incidents (rape cases) are unfortunate. However, sometimes you can't stop them. Government is vigilant everywhere, investigations are being conducted. In a nation as big as India, one or two incidents of rape should not be hyped,” news agency ANI quoted Gangwar as saying.

Modi also asked the representatives to try and expand their outreach among the people of the country. 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.

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.

PM Modi also asserted on the need to focus on skill development during the one-hour long interaction and highlighted the benefit of the Mudra Yojana. He said, “Women in self-help groups are coming up with new employment opportunities in various sectors.”

On the recently launched Ayushman Bharat scheme, Modi said, “The government wants to establish wellness centres for villages, so that people can avail the best healthcare facilities. The government is focusing on education to children, opportunities for youth and medicine for elderly.”

First Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 08:44 PM
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