PM Modi asks BJP MPs to embark on padayatras on Gandhi birth anniversary

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday instructed BJP MPs to embark on padayatras in their constituencies, informed Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi. He added that Modi asked them to cover a distance of 150 km between October 2 and October 31, the birth anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Vallabhbhai Patel respectively.

Addressing the BJP parliamentary party meeting, Modi also asked Rajya Sabha members to visit constituencies where the BJP organisation was weak.

The Prime Minister also suggested that these padayatras can be conducted between October 2 and January 30, the death anniversary of Gandhi. “It is for the party to decide on the timing,” the minister said.

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Sharing details of the proposed programme, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Arjun Ram Meghwal said PM Modi underlined that these padayatras should focus on villages and reaching out to the public.

Modi also suggested that plantation of trees, cleanliness and other issues related to rural areas can also become part of the planned marches, Meghwal added.

He further said Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman spoke on the budget and talked about key features of it.

“The PM told the meeting that whatever we said in Sankalp Yatra (election manifesto) should get reflected in our vision of the future,” said Joshi.

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