PM Modi Issues Gag Orders Again To Party Motormouths
New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi issued a stinging rebuke again today to party motormouths, who have covered a wide range of subjects from terror and rape to Mahabharata and Darwin’s theory over the last six months. In a video-conference with lawmakers across the country, PM Modi ripped into the leaders, reminding them that this was affecting their image as well as the party’s.
"We make mistakes and give ‘masala‘ to the media… as if we are great social scientists and experts to analyse issues… the moment you see a camera you start speaking. So this half-baked stuff is picked up," he said.
The message — sent earlier as well — came as the nation seethes over a spate of child rapes and murders, in which BJP leaders are seen as being soft on the accused. Today, junior finance minister Santosh Gangwar stepped into controversy, saying one "should not make such a big deal" if "one or two such cases are reported" from such a huge country.
Two BJP ministers in Jammu and Kashmir who stepped down from their posts over the gang-rape and murder of an 8-year-old in Kathua, have gone public demanding a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation, aggravating the situation in the state which is widely polarized over the issue.