Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday asked for the details of all the Union ministers who were not present in the Parliament.
His comments came during the weekly meeting of the BJP parliamentary party, wherein he asked Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi to give the list of names of those who didn’t attend, despite being assigned the parliament duty.
Addressing a large number of first-timer MPs, Mr Modi said, “The first impression is the last impression.”
He apprised those present that the ongoing Monsoon session, scheduled to end on July 26, could be extended if needed to pass the government’s legislative agenda.
The PM advised his party to “work beyond the sphere of politics,” according to BJP leaders present at the meeting.
Speaking over the water crisis, PM Modi reportedly asked the MPs to coordinate with officials in their constituencies and discuss people’s issues.
“MPs must do some unique work in their constituencies, work with the local administration and participate in social work,” PM Modi reportedly advised lawmakers.
He also urged lawmakers to “work in mission mode” to tackle diseases like tuberculosis and leprosy.
Earlier this month, the PM made it clear to the leaders of the party that BJP was keeping a close watch on the attendance of the party’s parliamentarians who had been skipping meetings in the House or party panels.
Mr Modi had also linked attendance to promotions in the party. He told the BJP leaders that he went through attendance records, interventions, questions and how MPs interacted in parliamentary committees.
“I rank everyone according to all this and then decide the ministers,” Mr Modi had said at the BJP’s parliamentary party meeting on July 2.