‘Even political parties must have democracy’
Modi takes veiled dig at reports of Rahul taking over Cong reins from his mother
PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday called for a discussion on internal democracy within political parties. Though he made no reference to any specific party, his comments come against the backdrop of reports that the Congress may elevate its vice-president Rahul Gandhi as president in place of his mother Sonia Gandhi.
“Whether democratic values are a part of their (parties’) core values or not should be debated widely.... I believe that the development of a true democratic spirit within political parties is necessary not only for the country’s future but also for democracy,” he said.
Speaking at the annual Diwali Milan function at the BJP headquarters, Modi claimed that the country is not familiar with democracy within political parties. “Besides organisational structure, values and ideologies championed by political parties should be debated along with their shortcomings. It should also be seen if the wavelength of party workers at the bottom of the hierarchy matches with that of those at the top,” Modi noted.
BJP chief Amit Shah has on occasions claimed that he began his political career as a small-time worker who had been a booth in-charge but rose to occupy the top post because of internal democracy in the party.
The Congress is reportedly concluding organisational elections and would come to a conclusion on the post of party president. BJP leaders claim the Prime Minister’s comments were in the context of the top post not being available to party workers outside the family controlling leadership.
Besides the Congress, a number of regional political outfits, including the Samajwadi Party (SP) , Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), National Conference and the DMK, have seen dynasties controlling leadership.
Development of a true democratic spirit within political parties is necessary not only for the country’s future but also for democracy Narendra Modi, Prime Minister
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives for the Diwali Milan programme at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi on Saturday |