In the backdrop of Kathua and Unnao rape cases, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sent out a strong message to the MLAs and MPs of the Bharatiya Janata Party urging them not to blame the media for coverage issues in the country.
“ A lot of times we blame media for their coverage. But have we ever thought that it might be our fault, that sometimes our own deeds give them ‘masala’ for their stories," said PM Modi.
“Avoid speaking out of turn, as your one wrong sentence or move can be picked up. It’s not the fault of media. Media does its job. You do your job. Our job is to not get embroiled in every issue and speak when its not something you need to speak on," he added.
PM Modi’s message to the party workers holds importance as several ministers land their feet in their mouths by speaking out of context and turn. In recent times, leaders like Lal Singh and Kuldeep Singh Sengar stoked controversy because of their unrestrained tongues.
Furthermore, Modi’s message has come on the day when Union Minister Santosh Gangwar started a row with his outrageous comment on rape.
“It is not okay to make mountains out of molehills. Such incidents cannot be stopped,”said Gangwar.
"One or two incidents of rape can happen in such a big country. In a nation as big as India, one or two incidents of rape should not be hyped," he added.
Later while speaking exclusively to Republic TV, the Union Minister defended his comment and said he was misquoted by the media.
"I am really upset with the way the electronic media has not presented my view accurately. At this point, all I can say is my media friends have misquoted me in my statement."