PM Narendra Modi & top BJP leaders to interact with media over tea today

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New Delhi, Oct 25: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and some other top leaders of the BJP are set to meet journalists over tea today here on Saturday morning in what will constitute the BJP prime minister's first formal outreach to the media.

The event, named Deepawali Milan, will take place at Ashoka Road, near the BJP headquarters. Nearly 400 people were sent invitation to participate in the event. Union ministers Arun Jaitley and Prakash Javadekar and BJP president Amit Shah are also set to be present on the occasion.

Modi is not known for having a rosy relation with the mainstream media which targetted him relentlessly since the Gujarat riots of 2002 and he focussed more on reaching out directly to the people through the new media. The traditional media was upset with the prime minister's firm stand and urged him to allow journalists to have a closer access to his government.

The interaction with the media comes just a day ahead of the prime minister's hosting the allies of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), which is being looked as an occasion for the reunion between the BJP and Shiv Sena after their poll alliance crumbled in Maharashtra ahead of the recently concluded assembly polls over sharing of seats.

It was however learnt from sources that Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray was unlikely to the present at the tea party and the party's delegation will be led by Anant Geete, the only Sena minister in the Union government.

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