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BJP trains its young MPs

delhi Updated: Mar 14, 2011 21:40 IST
Vikas Pathak
Vikas Pathak
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The BJP has set the ball rolling for training its young MPs to specialize in some of the key issues facing the country, so as to enable them to play the role of opposition party legislators in a better way, inside the Parliament and outside.

After this session, BJP MPs will meet in groups once a month to discuss a particular theme.

The themes that have been decided are: internal security, defence, external affairs, WTO, climate change and economic affairs.

Each group will have some MPs with a good understanding of the theme and some who are raw, but are willing to know more about that issue, said Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj.

Experts in that particular field will also be invited to the meetings to interact with the MPs.

Senior BJP leaders like Yashwant Sinha and Jaswant Singh can also be invited to a meet to share their experience and knowledge with the MPs.

At this moment, senior BJP leader LK Advani, Swaraj and some others are having ground preparing meetings with the MPs, as they are divided into groups.

On Monday, the external affairs group met Advani and Swaraj. The internal security group, too, has met, while the remaining groups are yet to meet.

Ananth Kumar and Jat Poonam Veljibhai, a young MP from Kachchh, are on the external affairs group.

Chhattisgarh MP Saroj Pandey, who comes from a naxal-infested area, is on the internal security group. So are Assam MP Raman Deka, senior Indore MP Sumitra Mahajan and Himachal Pradesh MP Anurag Thakur.

Varun Gandhi is on the defence group.

Swaraj said the numbers of MPs in each group would vary, but are unlikely to cross 10 for any group.

Najma Heptullah will coordinate the groups.

The BJP has been dividing its MPs in similar groups in previous sessions too.

The last time, they were divided into groups region wise, and would share their talents with one another.

In a previous session, they were grouped age wise for meetings, making the BJP assert that they had a fair sprinkling of youth representation.