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Narendra Modi meets Gujarat MPs ahead of elections this year

LiveMint logoLiveMint 24-03-2017 PTI

New Delhi: Ahead of the assembly elections in Gujarat this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Frriday held a meeting with Members of Parliament (MPs) from his home state and asked them to work overtime as public servants to fulfil people’s expectations.

Besides MPs from Gujarat, parliamentarians from Goa, Rajasthan, Daman & Diu and Andaman & Nicobar islands were also present in the informal meeting with Modi over breakfast at his residence.

“Modiji asked MPs to work overtime to fulfil expectations of the people and told them to make people aware about various initiatives taken by the Centre for public welfare,” said an MP who was present at the meeting. Later, in a statement, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said that the prime minister has requested the MPs to use digital platforms for doing transactions and also connect with social media to reach out to the people. He also told MPs that they should spread the message among people about the Centre’s welfare schemes.

The parliamentarians apprised the prime minister about development work in their constituencies. The MPs also expressed their gratitude towards Modi and BJP president Amit Shah for the party’s victory in the recent Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand assembly elections.

Besides Modi, senior party leader L.K. Advani, Shah and parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar were also present at the 7 RCR meeting. Shah told the MPs about Centre’s decision to set up a National Commission for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (NCSEBC), a constitutional body for welfare and addressing the grievances of the backward classes. Terming it as a landmark decision, Shah said this commission will lead to substantial improvement in lives of people from backward classes.

Union textiles minister Smriti Irani, who is an MP from Gujarat, also attended the meeting.

The meeting assumes significance, as the BJP has been in power in Gujarat for the last 19 years and is keen to retain its bastion. The party, which currently has 123 seats, has announced “Mission 150”—winning at least 150 of the state’s 182 assembly constituencies.

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