“Whether democratic values are a part of their (parties) core values or not, should be debated widely... I believe that the development of a true democratic spirit within political parties is necessary not only for the country’s future but also for a healthy democracy,” the PM said.
He said funding to political parties is often debated but not their internal structures, how they give opportunities to the new generation of leaders and style of functioning.
Modi also said there was a time when the BJP was ideologically a monolith, with ideological harmony from its central leadership to workers. But now, one gets to hear several different voices within the party. The party’s expansion might be a reason for the divergent views, he said.
Modi also reached out to the media and praised it for supporting the Swachh Bharat campaign. The PM said the media had supported the effort despite criticising the government on other issues.
He recalled his association with journalists when he was an office bearer of the party at its headquarters in New Delhi before moving to Gujarat.
The PM said the ruling party and the media may have expectations from as well complaints against each other but the need of the hour was to find a working relationship.
BJP chief Amit Shah said the country has met challenges successfully on all fronts during the past year and moved ahead. “We are entering the new year with a lot of positivity,” he said.