Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked his ministers to “expose” the Opposition’s “stalling tactics” and “highlight” the achievements of the government. He said this to his council of ministers, when he met them on Thursday evening at his residence.
The PM also asked the ministers not to get “rattled” by the Opposition’s attack and instead “feel upbeat” about what the government was doing.
“Feel upbeat about what we are doing and should not get rattled by the Oppostion attack, which is building a campaign on falsehoods,” the PM said.
Reports say, the ministers have been instructed to visit their constituencies in January second-week and spend at least 30 hours in areas assigned to them to spread the government’s word. Each minister will visit two constituencies to apprise people of the decisions taken by the Modi government in the interest of the common man since it came to power in 2014. He also asked the ministers to remain in touch with party workers and meet them every weekend, besides being in regular touch with people.
“We have done many good things and many other things are to be done. When you meet people, carry the message to the people,” the Prime Minister said
“The government has to work for the poor. They will stand by you. Government should be looked at as one that cares for the poor,” he added.
The pro-poor pitch of the government comes at a time when it is under increasing attack from Oppostion for allegedly “ignoring the poor and catering to the rich only”.
The PM also stressed on the need to bring in innovative ideas and improve the image of the government. According to the PM, an effort should be made to increase people’s participation in preparing budget for central government schemes.
On the North-East front which is a priority area for the Modi government, the Prime Minister asked the ministers to visit the North Eastern states more frequently and come up with inputs for further developing region.
All NDA ministers including allies like Ram Vilas Paswan of LJP and Upendra Kushwaha (RLSP) were present at the meeting that lasted an hour and a half. Top BJP ministers like Rajnath Singh, M Venkaiah Naidu and Manohar Parrikar were also present. However, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was not present at the meeting.
(With inputs from PTI)