Be regular, speak well, stop touching feet: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s fresh directives to BJP MPs

The Prime Minister issued these directives to the MPs during the BJP Parliamentary party meeting.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: June 6, 2014 3:09 pm
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Source: PTI)

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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    Indian Public
    Jun 6, 2014 at 8:52 am
    This is how a real leader with smart governance must advice. It seems now work will happen and a serious debate will happen in LS.
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    123Man
    Jun 6, 2014 at 4:39 pm
    Touch feet only during elections?
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    BT
    Jun 6, 2014 at 11:54 pm
    This is a fantastic point that NaMo brings. I was invited to give a speech to an engineering college. I asked for the topics college wanted me to cover. After understanding the format I made clear if I am free to speak my opinions and I was given a GO.Before the speech and during the formal discussion/introduction the students started touching my feet. I felt extremely uncomfortable and didn't like that part of the protocol. This is a great tradition that should be limited to social format only. Out in the school, business world, work places etc should keep out of this part of our culture. I spoke that first and mentioned that the respect should be displa by karma and work ethics.This tradition in work place makes us sort of submissive and inculcates lack of aggression that may be required based on our position at work. Not touching feet is not a lack of respect and touching feet and not doing your duty is even more disrespectful IMO.This, along with many points Prime Minister Narendra Modi elevates my level of respect very high. Our next generation needs to be confident, aggressive, take charge and project self confidence at work place. Respect the people for their virtues and display that in your eyes and your actions. Just being elder doesn't really mean much and just touching feet is not enough to display to deserving seniors.We are blessed to welcome a god sent true leader in the form of Mr Modi and hope we get the maximum benefit of his presence and leadership by filtering the that some of the opposition is bent upon bringing.
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    R
    Jun 6, 2014 at 9:08 am
    Work culture does not exist in our country. Everybody tries to become instantly rich. They do not shun from illegal activities. A large percentage of land area, even in Delhi is grabbed by illegals. They go around posing as honest persons and criticising politicians and police. The education minister has to enshrine the dictum, work is worship in young minds. We must start honouring honesty and come down heavily on criminals. Hope that this is one of the points of one hundred days agenda of NDA!
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    Varun Lohiar
    Jun 6, 2014 at 8:46 am
    BJP and RSS are not in power in UP and Bihar mainly because of caste politics. The Mandir-Mandal relationship seemed to have settled with Mandal's victory over Mandir. But 2014 results show, the scenario is change now. How, why and when does religion or caste become more important for voters?
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    Varun Lohiar
    Jun 6, 2014 at 8:45 am
    Is there any relationship between Hindutva, secularism, minority rights and development, economic growth, prosperity? Plan A for Narendra Modi is to succeed on the economic front, and if that does not work then emphasising on Hindutva politics may be an important Plan B.
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    Varun Lohiar
    Jun 6, 2014 at 8:46 am
    It's more a plank the BJP uses when it wants to conquer difficult seats or fears electoral defeat – like in Gujarat in 2002.Some said that after 2002, the era of large-scale communal violence is over. But am in 2012 and Muzaffarnagar in 2013 seem to be disproving that. The BJP has openly used the violence in Muzaffarnagar for electoral gains.
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    Varun Lohiar
    Jun 6, 2014 at 8:46 am
    People migrate to the city or the city comes to them. They find a job in a factory and become part of a different world. During the last Gujarat state elections in 2012, Kolis, who are OBCs, voted for the Congress in the countryside and the BJP in urban consuencies.
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