Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday asked the Bharatiya Janata Party to reach out to the poor and marginalised section of society and bring new social groups into the party fold.
At a meeting with party members from the Rajya Sabha, Modi gave them a pep talk on effectively discharging their duties in Parliament and the organisation.
“Modi asked Rajya Sabha MPs to take the achievements of his government to every person of society,” law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
The Prime Minister also asked MPs to effectively use social media for outreach programmes and involve in areas outside their state for organisational activities.
BJP president Amit Shah told the Rajya Sabha members to adopt one Lok Sabha constituency they lost in the 2014 parliamentary election. Of 428 Lok Sabha seats it contested in 2014, the BJP won 282.
Shah met the party’s 52 Rajya Sabha MPs, asking them to walk an extra mile to expand the BJP’s reach and propagate its ideology.
“Each member should take some responsibility in the states where the BJP is not in power. They should popularise the achievements of the party,” Shah said.
The Wednesday meeting was a part of the series of consultations Modi and Shah had with BJP leaders. Last week, they met the party’s core group from every state, asking them to improve coordination and ensure collective decision making. In a meeting with chief ministers, they stressed on speedy implementation of pro-poor schemes of the states and the Centre.
Party leaders said there was a sense that Rajya Sabha members had to do more to keep in touch with people. Unlike their counterparts from the Lok Sabha, the members of the Upper House do not have a dedicated constituency — they represent a state — and focus is often lost.
“For these leaders who don’t get directly elected to Parliament, focusing on a particular constituency could be difficult. Modi will remind them of their duties,” another BJP leader said.
In a similar exercise, the Prime Minister took stock of the work by the party’s Lok Sabha members during the monsoon session of Parliament.