PM Modi issues gag orders again to party motormouths

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Shiv Sena Takes Dig at PM Narendra Modi in Saamana Over His Gag Order to BJP Leaders

The prime minister, who was addressing the lawmakers via a video conference call using the Narendra Modi app, asked the BJP MPs and MLAs across the country to avoid making foot-in-mouth remarks on every issue. "Repeating a lie doesn't turn it into the truth", said FO Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that India will not tolerate those who like to "export terror" and will respond to them "in the language they understand", resulting in fears of defections from the ruling Bharatya Janta Party (BJP) and alienation of many of its supporters.

"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".

In what seemed a reference to two BJP ministers' comments on the Kathua rape case, Modi also asked legislators to apply restraint before commenting on sensitive issues.

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Last year, the prime minister had lectured his partymen on how and when to keep quiet. In response to these statements, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) said that rather than focusing on the so-called nexus between doctors and pharmaceutical companies, the government must focus on the "mess in healthcare" in India.

Under attack from the opposition over rising cases of Dalit atrocities, Modi underlined the support the BJP had received from backward sections of the society. "The perception about the BJP that it was a party of a particular class and urban centres or north India has changed and it has emerged as an "all-touching and all-inclusive" organisation", the PM said. He also said that it was not because of any weakness in Congress, but BJP's grassroots level outreach efforts that had brought the party vast majority in 2014. He also had a word of praise for the party's MPs and MLAs. "The government is focusing on education to children, opportunities for youth and medicine for elderly".

Talking of his government's ambitious health insurance scheme, "Ayushmaan Bharat", PM Modi said wellness centres will be built in over 1.5 lakh panchayats by 2022 with the programme aiming to cover 10 crore families with a cover of Rs 5 lakh.

PM Modi also asserted on the need to focus on skill development during the one-hour long interaction and highlighted the benefit of the Mudra Yojana.

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