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BJP’s first-time MPs learn the ropes from PM Modi

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, June 28, 2014
First Published: 23:43 IST(28/6/2014) | Last Updated: 09:12 IST(29/6/2014)

From listing out dos and don'ts to urging for the upcoming multi-state assembly polls to be made 'Congress-mukt' – Prime Minister Narendra Modi had several counsels for BJP's first-time MPs on Saturday.

At a training and orientation session in Surajkund, on the outskirts of the national capital, the PM also offered tips to the party's fresh faces in Lok Sabha on becoming effective parliamentarians.

This, Modi insisted, could be achieved only if MPs inculcate the habit of doing proper and extensive research before speaking.

The Prime Minister, who is also a first-timer in Parliament, told MPs in his inaugural address to keep lobbyists at an arm's length, avoid signing blank letterheads, and follow norms in availing LTC and travel facilities. "I have also won for the first time... I am also a new MP... I have to learn from my seniors," Modi said. 

He also had an oblique, ominous message for the grand old party. "Just like we made the centre nearly Congress-mukt, the same thing has to be repeated wherever assembly elections are taking place," Modi told his MPs.

Read: Focus on public conduct, good governance, says Modi to new BJP MPs

Urging the lawmakers to not get disillusioned by small issues, he reminded them that "there is no full stop in politics". 170-odd MPs attended the two-day event Saturday.

"Our transition from Opposition to treasury benches is not limited to moving a few feet to the other side. This is a significant transition, and we must try to appreciate the meaning of this," Modi said.

Advising the legislators to steer clear of corruption and nepotism, he identified aachaar (manner) vichaar (thought) and vyavahaar (behaviour) as three keys to success, and asked MPs to keep learning new things.

"We are a family and are working for a common goal. Try to make new friends, learn from each other, and develop a new collectivism," he said.

BJP chief Rajnath Singh joined Modi in telling party MPs that it was only through proper training that the largest democracy could be transformed into the finest democracy.

Urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu told reporters that the PM guided the MPs on how to "maintain standards in public life, how to take the message of good governance to the people."


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