Venkaiah Naidu to PM: Talk to Opposition, clear misunderstandings

NEW DELHI: Former Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu said on Friday PM Narendra Modi should engage with political leaders from all sides to clear some “misunderstandings” the opposition parties may have about his methods.
Speaking at the launch of a book on the PM’s speeches, ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas’, compiled by the I&B ministry’s Publications Division, Naidu praised Modi for his achievements across diverse sectors like healthcare, foreign policy, technology, and said ‘rising India’ is being recognised by the world. Despite the achievements, however, some sections still harbour reservations about Modi’s methods, either out of misunderstandings, or due to political compulsions, Naidu said.
“Over a period of time, these misunderstandings will also be cleared. The PM should also often meet more and more sections of the political leadership…this side and that side,” Naidu said.
As a word of advice to the opposition, the former VP said they too should keep an open mind and respect the people’s mandate. “All institutions should be respected. That has to be kept in mind by one and all,” Naidu said.
Kerala governor Arif Mohammad Khan, on the other hand, lauded PM Modi and called him the “emancipator” of Muslim women for implementing the law banning triple talaq. Khan said the effect of the triple talaq ban will be felt many years later when political and sociological thinkers analyse this decision.
Union I&B minister Anurag Thakur, on the other hand, said the compilation of 86 speeches by PM Modi dwell on his deep understanding of complex societal issues as well as his clear vision and will be a useful reference book for future historians.

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