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Avoid airport lounge, queue up like common people: PM Modi tells BJP MPs in breakfast meet

BJP MPs from Andhra, Telangana, Karnataka told to organise sporting, cultural events, meet and greet people to know their expectations and showcase work done by government.

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New Delhi: Queue up at the airport rather than heading straight to the lounge to rest, improve social outreach and meet people more regularly, organise more sports and cultural events — these are some advice Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs when he met them Wednesday. 

Modi held a breakfast meeting with the BJP MPs from the southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Karnataka Wednesday.

“Modi ji asked the MPs to shun their habit of heading straight to the lounge to rest and told them to queue up at the airport. He even said that while waiting they should use the opportunity to greet people and strike a conversation with them to understand what they expect from them and the government,” said a senior BJP leader who was present at the meeting. 

The prime minister, who meets MPs in batches during the Parliament session regularly, also asked the lawmakers to improve their outreach with the public and devise new ways to connect with them. 

“The PM said it is important to get the pulse of the people and act on it. He said we should concentrate on organising more cultural and sports programmes which can be thrown open to the people free of cost,” added a source. 

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‘I am there for you’

The PM stressed on the fact that there is nothing better than reaching out and meeting the public. 

“He (PM) said, I am there for you to win elections, but you also have to do your bit and meet people more regularly. He asked us to organise more meetings with people and understand what they want from the government, what are their expectations,” the source said. 

“The PM also told us to use this opportunity to showcase the work done by the government. He even jokingly told the MPs to smile and not wear a frown,” he added. 

At the breakfast meeting, the prime minister asked the MPs to identify political talent in their constituencies and concentrate on grooming them. 

“He asked the MPs about the programmes they have been organising in their constituencies and the kind of support and help they required from the party and the government,” the source said. 

“The prime minister also asked us to highlight issues of national importance in Parliament as well as outside it. As Members of Parliament, he said it is important to convey to people the steps the government has been taking and the kind of discussion that takes place in Parliament for the development of the country,” he added. 

On 11 December, PM Modi had met MPs from the northeast. 

 (Edited by Saikat Niyogi)

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