‘Amit Shah is here, your leisure days are over’: PM Narendra Modi warns BJP MPs

As BJP chief Amit Shah readies for his debut in the Rajya Sabha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has some strict advice for party lawmakers.

“Now Amit Shah is here, all your leisure days are over,” the Prime Minister said, while addressing the MPs during the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting in New Delhi on Thursday. PM Modi’s stern words mean that those who are in habit of abstaining from the House proceedings must get their act together. The Prime Minister reportedly told the BJP MPs that newly-elected Rajya Sabha MP Amit Shah will make sure the party lawmakers are in attendance in both the Houses.

“We have asked you multiple times to be present in Parliament. Still some MPs remain absent. What do you think of yourselves? You are nobody, I am nobody, it’s the BJP that is of utmost importance,” PM Modi told MPs. In July, PM Modi had expressed his displeasure over BJP members’ absence from the both Houses of Parliament leading to trouble or embarrassment for the government.

Earlier this month, BJP president Amit Shah took a serious view of party members not attending the Rajya Sabha despite a whip. Shah made his displeasure clear at the BJP parliamentary party meeting after the government faced an embarrassing situation in the Upper House with a united opposition pushing some changes to the Constitution amendment bill on backward classes.