PM Narendra Modi meets journalists in Diwali Milan programme, says media plays pivotal role in democracy

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Updated: October 29, 2017 11:08:50 AM

PM Narendra Modi on Saturday met a number of top journalists from across the country at BJP headquarters in New Delhi.

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PM Narendra Modi on Saturday met a number of top journalists from across the country at BJP headquarters in New Delhi. Accompanied by BJP chief Amit Shah and top party leaders, Modi is shook hands and spoke to journalists in person during his annual Diwali Milan programme. The programme, “Diwali Mangal Milan,” also witnessed the participation of Union Minister Smriti Irani and Nirmala Sitharaman. Addressing first, Amit Shah extended the Diwali greetings to the people present in the gathering. PM Modi said that he gets the opportunity of meeting journalists “without pen and paper” on the occasion of Diwali.

He also highlited media’s positive role in democracy. “The nation has seen the positive role played by the media in making the Swachh Bharat Mission a success,” PM Modi said.

Journalists try to take selfie with PM Modi.

“Democracy in political parties is a subject people should know more about,” Modi said.

“There are hopes from the both sides. There are complaints from the both sides. But I think it is our professional hazard. We have to find a middle path to move forward, smilingly,” he told mediapersons.

“I recall how I used to spend much of my time with you… Most of you are from the same generation. Getting nostalgic is natural. There were no barriers, no difficulties then. Those were the days when we used to search for you and my speech would some time find some space (in the media),” he added further.

“There were only a few in your fraternity. And the circle has become so big and media itself has so evolved in so many ways… It has posed us a challenge in maintaining contact and maintain openness. There is no problem with intentions, the problem is practical,” Modi said.

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