Frustrated Modi lashes out at his own Ministers and MLAs

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Frustrated Modi lashes out at his own Ministers and MLAs

*New Delhi:* Frustrated Prime Minister Narendra Modi after trip of UK in which he faced severe criticism and backlash from Sikhs, Kashmiris and even Indian diaspora has lashed out at his own Ministers and MLAs.

His silence over rising rape cases had drawn world wide condemnation

He on Sunday warned all elected members and ministers of the BJP to steer clear of making controversial statements to the media.

He made the comments during an interaction with the party's MPs, MLAs and other representatives through the NaMo App. "We commit mistakes and give masala to media. The moment we see a camera, we jump to make a statement as if we are great social scientists or experts ... and then these ill-informed statements are used by media. It is not the media's fault," he said.

The stern message comes amidst outrage over a spate of child rapes. BJP leaders have not helped matters by making controversial statements and being seen as soft on the accused. Even on Sunday, union minister Santosh Gangwar stirred a row by saying that one "should not make such a big deal if one or two such cases are reported from such a huge country".

The PM said that the levers of governance should be moved for issues of larger public interest, keeping the principle of sarvajan hitaaya, sarvajan sukhaaya [for everyone’s benefit and happiness] rather than to push individual interests.

“If you push individual interests you will find the levers of governance stuck, whereas it will move for larger interests,” he told his party colleagues.

He said that only designated spokespersons should comment on matters concerning the party. “If everyone comments on everything then the conversation around subjects change, this harms the country, the party and hurts our own personal image.”