Modi Himself Gives Masala To Media: Shiv Sena Jibe At PM's Gag Order To BJP Leaders

| April 25 , 2018 , 09:09 IST

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi directed BJP leaders to refrain from making 'irresponsible' statements to media, ally Shiv Sena on Tuesday made a jibe that PM Modi himself gave 'masala' to media.

In the wake of embarrassing and controversial statements made by BJP leaders, PM Modi on Sunday directed party MPs and MLAs to "display restraint" and "let those whose job it is to speak do the talking,” because “If everyone starts talking, issues get altered, the nation suffers, so does the party.”

The PM continued, “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."

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The Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena blamed PM Modi for the habit of BJP leaders of making controversial statements in an editorial in the Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana'.

"BJP leaders and ministers must have been inspired by our prime minister himself to speak whatever comes to their mind. Till recently, PM Modi himself gave 'masala' to the media. Now the media feels the spices, pickle and papad given by (Congress chief) Rahul Gandhi and others are better," said the Shiv Sena.

The Shiv Sena also slammed the controversial statements made by junior finance minister and BJP leader Santosh Gangwar who on Sunday 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.

Gangwar's statements on rape came in the aftermath of public outrage over the brutal gangrape and murder of an 8-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua.

"After 26/11 terror attack on Mumbai, the then Home Minister, late R R Patil, had said such small incidents happen in big cities. The comments created a massive uproar and Patil had to resign. Gangwar's crime is far more serious. Still he is sticking to his post and nobody has sought his resignation for insulting women," the Shiv Sena editorial said.