PM Narendra Modi meets media: As it happened

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday met journalists and editors over tea.

By Deepak Nagpal | Updated: Oct 25, 2014, 15:00 PM IST
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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday met journalists and editors over tea. Here are the updates:

  • It was a brief address. The PM is now personally meeting editors and journalists and informally interacting with them.
  • PM Modi concludes his address.
  • Journalists have transformed their pen into broom – PM Modi.
  • Media is helping spread the Clean India message.
  • Have not seen any media coverage in which effort has not been made to inspire people to strive for Clean India.
  • The thinking earlier was that everything will be done by government. Now the thought is that we will all work together – PM Modi.
  • Due to the media coverage on cleanliness, governments have been forced to wake up – Modi.
  • This is service to the nation – PM Modi.
  • I thank media – both print and electronic - for focussing on cleanliness and Clean India mission.
  • PM Modi says the media can play a much larger role in shaping the future of the country.
  • There was a time when I used to move chairs at the party office and used to freely interact with members of the press, says PM.
  • I am looking for ways to deepen my old ties with the fourth estate – Modi.
  • I wish you all on the occasion of Diwali and Bhai Dooj, says PM Modi.
  • PM Narendra Modi is now addressing the media.
  • After General Elections, BJP has registered unexpected victories.
  • This Diwali has been lucky for the BJP.
  • BJP president is addressing the media personnel.

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Earlier story: Narendra Modi has come to be known as a prime minister who keeps the media at an arm's length. He speaks to the media when he wants and says only what he wants to say.

However, that may change on Saturday when the PM meets journalists and editors over tea.

The occasion will be 'Deepawali Milan', to be organised at the BJP headquarters at 11, Ashoka Road.

Also in attendance will be party president Amit Shah and several Union ministers.

The programme is scheduled to begin at 11 am. PM Modi will arrive at the same time and stay there for about an hour.

The interaction will be followed by lunch.

The media outreach comes a day before the Prime Minister hosts NDA allies at a tea party.

At tomorrow's tea party, the BJP and Shiv Sena are expected to patch up before forming a coalition government in Maharashtra.

While Shiv Sena MPs have confirmed their participation, it is still not clear whether party chief Uddhav Thackeray will attend.