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After PM’s message on attendance, BJP plans training session for new MPs

The aim ‘abhyas varga’ (or training session) is to train members of parliament on how to become an effective elected representative, a senior party leader said.

india Updated: Jul 29, 2019 01:09 IST
HT Correspondent
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi had warned BJP lawmakers to attend Parliament proceedings and remain present during vote on different bills.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had warned BJP lawmakers to attend Parliament proceedings and remain present during vote on different bills.(PTI Photo)
         

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will organise a two-day training for its ministers and members of parliament (MPs) next weekend in Delhi, a party leader said on Sunday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah, and BJP’s working president, Jagat Prakash Nadda, will also attend the programme, the leader said.

“This training will be conducted on August 3 and 4,” the leader said. “The aim is to train MPs on how to become effective elected representatives,” the leader added

Out of 303 BJP MPs, 133 have been elected to the lower House of Parliament for the first time.

“A parliamentarian has to discharge several duties as a member of Lok Sabha. There are several dos and don’ts for them. As first time MPs, they need to be briefed on all these issues,” the leader said.

Modi has repeatedly warned BJP lawmakers and ministers to stay away from “power brokers” and not to get into any controversy with their conduct or speeches.

At several meeting with them over the last month, Modi has advised BJP lawmakers to attend sittings of Parliament and remain present during votes on different bills.

“Attendance of MPs has remained an issue this session,” another BJP leader said.

“During the training session, MPs will be told again about the importance of attending sittings and participating in debates.”

MPs are also expected to be briefed on other subjects such as how to use funds parliamentarians receive to recommend works worth up to Rs 5 crore annually in their constituencies, and what to ask and what not during question hour in Parliament.

The ministers and MPs will also be briefed on coordination among themselves for effective implementation and monitoring of government schemes in their constituencies.

First Published: Jul 28, 2019 19:11 IST

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