New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday expressed unhappiness over the absence of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs from the Parliament session as he stressed maintaining punctuality and discipline, ThePrint has learnt.
Addressing the BJP parliamentary party meeting at the Ambedkar International Centre in the national capital, Modi directed all the party MPs to be present in the Parliament and actively participate in the legislative work.
“He seemed a little upset that he has been raising this issue in the past too. The PM said it is not right to repeatedly tell the same thing to you (MPs), like children,” an MP who was present at the meeting said on condition of anonymity.
“Aap log apne vyavahar mein parivartan laiye, nahin toh parivartan toh ho jaata hai (bring change in your behaviour, otherwise change will happen)… I don’t like to say this over and over again,” the PM was quoted as saying.
The prime minister didn’t name any specific MP but he said it is important to be punctual and work for the welfare of the people, sources said.
“This is not the first time that the PM has expressed concern about absenteeism and punctuality. But he was quite upset about the fact that this is becoming a norm,” said a second BJP leader who didn’t wish to be named.
“He also asked all the MPs to organise events and reach out to the public, in their constituencies. He also pointed out that we must honour the Padma Awardees and some events should be organised for that too,” a senior BJP leader said on condition of anonymity.
Other suggestions at the meet
According to sources, the PM also appreciated Agra MP, S.P. Singh Baghel for successfully organising a sporting event in his constituency.
During the course of the meeting, party president J.P. Nadda also asked all the MPs to go to their respective constituencies after the Winter Session of Parliament and hold discussion with the district presidents and mandal presidents over tea.
“As soon as Nadda ji said this, PM Modi immediately reacted and said on 14 December, he will also invite the district presidents and mandal presidents of his parliamentary constituency for tea in Varanasi,” added another leader.
According to sources, the PM also suggested the BJP MPs do ‘Surya Namaskar and Yoga to remain fit and healthy’.
A second senior BJP leader said the PM stressed the need to organise Parliament sports competition, healthy children competition and Suryanamaskar competition.
“Padma Award has been conferred upon common citizens who are doing good work. The PM has asked us to organise events, with such awardees being on live contact (during the event),” Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi told reporters after the meeting.
Union Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda and other BJP MPs felicitated Prime Minister Narendra Modi by presenting an idol of Lord Birsa Munda and garlanding him for declaring 15 November as Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas.
Joshi also said that it was explained why the MPs had to be suspended. “The country has witnessed whatever took place. It’s on record. If they apologise even today, we’re ready to withdraw the suspension,” Joshi said on the suspension of 12 RS MPs.
(Edited by Amit Upadhyaya)