Prime Minister Narendra Modi has some fresh directives for the MPs of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The Prime Minister has reportedly asked his MPs to stop touching feets of senior leaders, and be well prepared before speaking in the House.
According to reports, Modi has also asked party MPs to be regular in Parliament and do their homework. The Prime Minister issued these directives to the MPs during the BJP Parliamentary party meeting.
The direction by the Prime Minister to stop greeting senior leaders by touching their feet is being seen as an attempt to put an end to what is seen as a culture of sycophancy.
This comes two days after Modi, in an apparent attempt to empower his Ministers of State by allocating clear responsibilities, asked his Cabinet ministers to give details on the “distribution of work” at the “earliest”.
In a note sent to the Cabinet ministers, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has said, “It is requested that the distribution of work between the Hon’ble Ministers of State in your Ministry kindly be sent to this office at the earliest.”
Sounding a word of caution to ruling BJP MPs, Modi on Friday asked them to remain connected to the ground and not let any complacency eclipse the party’s performance which catapulted it to power.
In a clear message to his party’s newly-elected lawmakers, Modi said as BJP was no longer in the opposition, its MPs had a far bigger responsibility in taking the message of the government to the grassroots level and highlight its programmes.
In his 20-minute speech in the Central Hall of Parliament, Modi exhorted the MPs to remain in touch with the people at the grassroots and not lower their guard.
The Prime Minister also asked them to help in the smooth running of the House and attend the sessions of Parliament full-time while maintaining its dignity.
Sources said the Prime Minister also asked the MPs not to talk to the media as spokespersons of the party but raise the issues of their own area and constituency with them instead.
He also urged them to come armed with knowledge and do their homework properly before participating in Parliament debates.
He said being present during debates will be a good learning ground for them on various issues. BJP patriarch L K Advani, in his address, also asked BJP MPs to continue to work for the welfare of the common people and consolidate on the gains as the party had come a long way from mere two MPs to the 282-member strong force with a majority of its own in the 2014 Lok Sabha election.
BJP President and Home Minister Rajnath Singh also welcomed the new party MPs and asked them to work hard for further success of the party and uplift of common people.
(With PTI Inputs)
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