Let Whose Job It Is To Speak Do The Talking: PM Modi To Party Leaders

| April 23 , 2018 , 08:53 IST

In the wake of controversial and embarrassing comments made by party leaders, for example, evidence of internet in Mahabharata age, 1-2 rapes being a 'common matter' and a 'Pakistani hand' in the Kathua rape, Prime Minister Narendra Modi issued a strict diktat to party leaders on Sunday.

“Often we say media has done this or that... this is not the media’s fault. Often our mistakes give masala to the media. As soon as we see a cameraperson we start speaking. And then, a half or incomplete sentence is used," PM Modi said to party MPs and MLAs in an address through the NaMo App on Sunday.

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"We have to display restraint. Let those whose job it is to speak do the talking,” said the PM.

“If everyone starts talking, issues get altered, the nation suffers, so does the party,” he said.

PM Modi mentioned that when the Lok Sabha met in 2014, some 8-10 MPs had the habit of speaking a lot which has since then been curbed.

“But when I spoke to them, I have seen in the last three years they have not made any statements (bayan baazi),” said Modi.

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Tripura's BJP Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb earlier this month had claimed that internet and satellite communication had existed in India in the days of the Mahabharata approximately around 3000 BCE.

On Sunday junior finance minister Santosh Gangwar stoked controversy when he said that people "should not make such a big deal"  if "one or two such cases [of rape] are reported" from such a huge country.

BJP state president Madhya Pradesh Nandkumar Singh Chouhan  had earlier claimed that there was a "Pakistani hand" behind the brutal gangrape and murder of an 8-year-old in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua in which 8 people have already been arrested.