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‘Beware of stings, work more, talk less’

‘Beware of stings, work more, talk less’
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has warned the newly elected MPs to stay away from ‘sting operations’ during the inaugural session of the two-day orientation programme at Surajkund in Haryana on Saturday. Sensing possible goof-ups by the new MPs in making statements or while giving interviews, BJP has organised the orientation cum workshop and training session. Senior party leaders felt it was necessary to organise such a programme as this is the first time they came to power with absolute majority.

Apart from instructions on ‘sting operations’, the party MPs were also asked to refrain from corruption, dynasty politics and arrogance towards their officers and media persons. A party insider said, ‘It was said that the newly elected MPs as well as old timers should give interviews only after being convinced that it was not a sting operation. If required, they were asked to arrange frisking by security men.’ He said, ‘It was seen that in most of the cases such sting operations create havoc in maligning a political party’s image. It is a strong signal from our PM to all ministers and MPs to stay away from corruption. The message was circulated to all the newly-elected MPs.’ Since morning senior party leaders along with PM Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, Urban Development minister Venkaiah Naidu,and Amit Shah made a beeline at Surajkund and were seen exchanging greetings with each other.

While giving the inaugural speech the Modi said, ‘I would like to request all party leaders to refrain from speaking to the media out of turn. You should stay away from corruption and the MPs should concentrate on work rather than in blame-game.’ He also gave tips on how to maintain standards in public life and take the message of good governance to the people. Modi guided the MPs on how to nurture their respective constituencies and make use of the media, especially the social media in spreading the party’s message.

‘Work hard in your constituencies and spend more time with the people. If you don’t know the subject or the areas then try to learn it. Read as much as you can and serve the people,’ he said. Modi instructed MPs to follow parliamentary procedures and ethics. He also asked them to prepare a blueprint for development in their respective constituencies and share it with the government. Nearly 170 MPs were present at the workshop.
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