The prime minister's comments come amid reports that Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi is set to take over as the next president of the party. While some sources claim this could happen as early as November, others are of the opinion that the change will take place only after Gujarat Assembly elections in December.
Narendra Modi today called for a debate on internal democracy in political parties but appeared to complain that the BJP, unlike in the past, was not speaking in one voice. Modi also said the BJP had seldom been as democratic as its now. "Do democratic values form the core of their values?"
Modi said it was essential that political parties develop with a "true democratic spirit".
"This should be a topic of wide debate in the country because the quality of democracy depends on that of political parties". "Many a time, different views are expressed", he said. He added that different voices have emerged even in a party like the BJP as it has grown in size. "I used to spend my day here, there are some old guards in the media, some are new, then there was no bandhan, aap logon ko tab khojna padta tha...", he said apparently referring to the limited reporters on the BJP beat and relatively low graph of the party earlier.
The Prime Minister recalled his good rapport with the media when he was an office-bearer of the party in Delhi and said he faced constraints now in meeting freely with journalists.
The Prime Minister lauded the "great contribution" of media in the success of Swachchh Bharat Abhiyan.
The sources in the party said that the party cadres were instructed by Mr. Javadekar, to mobilize large number of people for the rally in Bidar.
Modi was flanked by a younger generation of BJP leaders, including Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani.
"Half of the newspaper pages are filled with the criticism of the government. We have a long association with each other and there is an understanding with which we all work for the country", says PM Narendra Modi.