New Delhi, Aug 4: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the BJP lawmakers should "shun any negative thoughts about those who did not vote for the party" and said the party MPs would do well for themselves and the party if they focus on work to win the general elections in 2024.
"You should be positive. All of you should shun any negative thoughts for those voters who did not vote for the party. You should work for everybody's welfare," Prime Minister said at the concluding day of the two-day BJP Training Programme here.
Briefing reporters, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi quoted Modi as saying that if the focus in on 'work' - even those who did not vote for BJP will inch closer to the saffron outfit and its ideology and principles. Prime Minister said the elected Lok Sabha MPs should work and 'nurse' their respective constituencies so that they can retain them in 2024.
Putting up a massive win, BJP won 303 - a record - seats in 2019 general elections. Modi urged the party MPs to keep their personal and professional conduct above board, a source said.
The Prime Minister also asked the elected representatives from both Houses of Parliament and Union Ministers to stay away from pushing any kind of dynastic or family interest. BJP vice president and Rajya Sabha MP Dr Vinay Sahasrabuddhe gave a presentation on self-development for the lawmakers.
Mr Joshi further said while Defence Minister Rajnath Singh spoke on the party's contribution to the country, the party's general secretary B L Santhosh spoke on the need for enhancing organisational strength of the party vis-a-vis the ongoing membership drive being carried out across the country.
A book 'Sanskritik Rashtravad ke shilpi' - a collection of BJP president Amit Shah's speeches on personalities was also released. Mr Shah, who is also the Union Home Minister, incidentally remained engaged with a series of meetings on Jammu and Kashmir during the day.
Sources said Prime Minister, who also sat among members on back rows at times during the two day session, urged Members of Parliament to develop the habit of speaking at the 'right time'.
"National interest should be our paramount importance," he told them more than once, sources said. (UNI)