Speaking at the lecture 'Federal Structure and Development Centeric Politics' organised in  remembrance of former editor-in- chief of Dainik Jagran Late Narendra Mohan at the Constitutional Club, Prasad said that there was a time when only one party used to rule and the perception was that only they could run a government.

"If other parties formed government in the states, they used to  face lots of problems. The psyche has changed now. Due to the enlightenment of the masses, the federal structure has been accepted," he added.

“This task has been taken forward by Dainik Jagran too by transmitting information in the hinterlands of the country. In fact, the federal structure is the basic structure of our constitution. It cannot be altered,” Prasad said.

While touching upon the topic of ever-strengthening democratic roots in the country, the Union Minister said after attaining Independence loads of speculations were rife that India would cave in but they were seriously mistaken.

“One thing needs to be made clear that there cannot be any military revolt in the country and neither can anyone show grit to impose emergency. This country would be run through conducting elections. Any kind of dictatorship or royal regime or military rule cannot even be imagined,” the Union Minister said.

Ravi Shankar Prasad said the people know that they can make any party win or lose by exercising thier franchisee.

“If the people in the country have voted in favour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it straightaway means they feel that the country needs Modi,” he added.

While remembering his closeness to late Narendra Mohan ji on the occasion, the Union Minister said that the first time when he spoke in the Parliament, he (Late Narendra Mohan) was delighted.
“He then called me closer and said, 'you speak well and go ahead'. Today, I am the Broadcasting and Information Minister but in this case Narendra Mohan ji was my Guru,” Prasad said and added that he used to keep a digital diary even that time.

While commenting on the editorial policy, Dainik Jagran CEO and Editor-in-Chief Sanjay Gupta said, “For us nation always takes precedence over states.”

If the states need to contribute anything for the development of the country, they should not step back, he added.

While criticising the state government's opposition over the issue of terrorists nabbed in West Bengal, Sanjay Gupta said that no politics should be played in the name of federal structure as it appears a big stumbling block for the development work.

During the programme, editor of Sakhi magazine Pragati Gupta, Dainik Jagran's senior executive editor Prashant Mishra, Parliamentarian MJ Rehman and Muhammad Adeeb, Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay and various other prominent personalities were present.

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