New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi dwelt on the “secret” to becoming a minister in his cabinet as he interacted with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs at a parliamentary party meeting Tuesday, ThePrint has learnt.
“All of you must have wondered what is the secret to becoming a minister or what must I have looked for when I expanded the cabinet,” a participant at the meeting quoted Modi as having said.
“Well, it is quite simple. I keep an eye on all of you. I get the records and check your performance, how is your attendance, which all committees you attend, what all you speak in Parliament, and the work you get done in your constituency,” he reportedly said, and added: “This is how we select our ministers.”
This was the BJP’s first parliamentary party meeting after the party registered a massive win in the recent Lok Sabha polls. Interacting with the party MPs, he also had a message for those who hadn’t been regularly attending Parliament, especially during debates on key bills, said sources present at the meeting.
According to the sources, the PM cited the triple talaq bill as an example and noted how a number of MPs were missing when it was tabled.
“PM Modi said he was not happy with how the MPs have behaved in the last 10 days,” said one of the sources.
To bring the point home, the source added, PM Modi painted a hypothetical scenario where BJP president Amit Shah committed to attending an election rally for an MP and cancelled at the last minute.
“How would you feel?” the source quoted Modi as asking the audience, adding, “Imagine if you win by 3 lakh votes and then get to know that your best friend didn’t vote for you? How would you feel then? This is how I felt in the last 10 days.”
‘Get more members’
Among other messages to his party’s MPs, PM Modi also said the BJP should focus on the upcoming membership drive and ensure more people were taken into their fold.
“Don’t leave out anyone,” another source quoted him as saying. “The maid who comes to clean at your house, make her a member of the BJP… She, in return, will be able to reach out to five more persons when she goes out to work at another house. Our job should be to ensure all sections of the society are part of us.”
PM Modi will launch the BJP’s membership drive from Varanasi on 6 July, Saturday. In his outreach to MPs, he also asked party workers to plant at least five trees in every booth across the country.