It’s never too later to learn. And mentoring comes easy to India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a former pracharak (volunteer) of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Talking to the first-time MPs of the ruling party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Modi unveiled his template of national renewal and imparted lessons in governance and parliamentary etiquette to the 160-odd BJP MPs June 28 at the satellite town of Surjajkund near the capital Delhi.
A vibrant presence on social media, addressing the problems of the common man promptly and making their presence felt on the floor of the House — these were some of the tips given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to BJP MPs. In sync with his emphasis on effective communication, Modi exhorted the participants to use social media platforms optimally to spread his doctrine of governance. He advised the legislators to nurture their constituencies, shun corruption and nepotism and avoid airing their differences in public.
“To be a Member of Parliament is an important thing and one must look at it seriously. Remember, people are observing your performance not only in the House but even outside. Our transition from opposition to treasury is not limited to moving few feet to the other side. This is a significant transition and we must try to appreciate the meaning of this,” Modi said.
In his address, Modi also urged the MPs to inculcate the ethos of fellow feeling and collectivism. “We are a family and all are working for a common goal. Try to make new friends and develop a new collectivism,” Modi was quoted as saying in a statement by the BJP.
Training MPs: Karma and Dharma
Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu, a senior BJP leader, said that the workshop will teach the new MPs how to “maintain standards in public life, how to take the message of good governance to the people, the message of BJP and in turn of Modi to people.”
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