Taking a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first ever press conference on Friday, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said the presser seemed “like last episode of Mann Ki Baat aired on TV instead of radio”. “Development is asking have you seen the first press conference of Pradhan ji. Referring to what he claimed as PM Modi’s reluctance to address the press, Congress leader Ahmed Patel said in a tweet, “Never seen a press conference where someone else is answering questions on your behalf. There was no need to lower the dignity of the office of the Prime Minister just to prove a point. ” Mr Gandhi, who held a parallel press conference at the time PM Modi and Mr Shah were meeting reporters, repeatedly urged the Prime Minister to debate him on several issues.
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