Nothing new in Narendra Modi's Chai pe Charcha: Sriprakash Jaiswal

Written by Press Trust of India | Indore | Updated: Feb 15 2014, 00:23am hrs
Union Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal today said there was nothing novel about Bharatiya Janata Party's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's 'Chai pe Charcha' programme.

"There is a tradition in the country to indulge discussion over a cup of tea in every nook and corner, in fact

it has become a culture of the nation. I don't think Modi has done anything new," Jaiswal told reporters at a private function here.

Asked about the possible 'Modi effect', especially in the key state of Uttar Pradesh, Jaiswal, avoiding a direct answer, said much would depend on the situation prevailing at the national level in the next two months.

"We are hopeful that the people will strengthen the democracy in these (coming) polls," he said.

Replying to a question, Jaiswal said yesterday's incidents in the Parliament over the Telangana bill were

unfortunate, and they lowered the prestige of the house and of the Indian

The Union Coal Minister refuted Madhya Pradesh

Government's allegation that the Centre was acting in partisan manner while allocating coal, and added that all the

states in the country were getting the necessary fuel as per the requirement.

The Bharatiya Janata Party government in the state was levelling allegations to hide its own failures, he said.