Modi asks BJP MPs to take welfare schemes to masses

NEW DELHI
9 Feb 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked BJP MPs to take welfare schemes announced in the budget to the masses, saying that popularising them would lead to the party winning in the polls, according to leaders present at the meeting.
The MPs' success is linked to the party's performance, the prime minister told the BJP parliamentary meeting, the leaders said. Party president Amit Shah also spoke at the meeting and blamed Congress chief Rahul Gandhi's "undemocratic" politics for his party members heckling the Prime Minister during his speech in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday. The Prime Minister dwelt at length on the Union budget, calling it especially positive for farmers and the poor while citing the announcement of a health insurance scheme for 10 crore families, Union parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar told reporters.

Modi asked MPs to inform the masses about various pro- people features of the budget. The Prime Minister also asked the gathering to hold meetings at booths to take various welfare schemes announced in the budget to people and run intensive campaigns to propagate them, Kumar said. Some leaders present in the meeting later said the prime minister underlined the importance of popularising these schemes for winning polls and told them that their win was linked to the party's victory. He asked them to hold mock Parliaments in various places to discuss the budget and praised Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's reply in the Lok Sabha during a discussion on it. Modi also heaped praise on Shah for his maiden speech in the Rajya Sabha.

Modi made a reference to his rally in Tripura, which goes to the polls on February 18, on Thursday and said a huge crowd had arrived despite attempts of the state's Left government to prevent people from attending it.