“Need leaders who can speak without fearing the PM”, says Murli Manohar Joshi

New Delhi | BJP veteran leader Murli Manohar Joshi on Wednesday asserted that India needs a leadership that can speak fearlessly in front of the Prime Minister and argue with him.

He also said the practice of discussions cutting across party lines on issues of national and international importance was “almost finished” and must be revived.

Speaking at a tribute for late Congress leader Jaipal Reddy, he said, “I believe that today, there is a dire need of a leadership which expresses views clearly, can debate with the Prime Minister based on principles, without any hesitation and not worrying about making him happy or sad,” Mr Joshi said in Hindi.

He said that Jaipal Reddy would often have face-offs with then Prime Ministers in the Parliament.

“There used to be an attempt (in various forums) of having people from different parties to try and form an opinion on national and international issues. Those attempts have become scarce, in fact, are almost finished. It is important to revive such practices,” said the senior leader.

Others present at the event were Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, former prime minister Manmohan Singh and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

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