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Odisha CM issues set of dos & don’ts for BJD MLAs, MPs

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Reported by Chinmaya Dehury

Bhubaneswar, July 4:

Taking a leaf out of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s book, the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) president and Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik today issued a set of dos and don’ts for all the MLAs and MPs of his party.

Taking a leaf out of Modi's book?
Taking a leaf out of Modi’s book?

In the 12-point guideline, Naveen has warned the law makers against forming groups or factions because it could tarnish the image of the party and affect the performance of the government.

Naveen has asked the MPs and MLAs of the party to make sure that family members or relatives are not employed or engaged as their representatives as it would create resentment among the party workers. He has also said that he does not approve of family members of MPs or MLAs being appointed as block or municipality chairpersons.

“Only effective and good party workers should be engaged as representatives,” the guideline says.

Since farmers, rural youths and women SHG groups form the mainstay of the BJD vote bank, party lawmakers have been advised to identify their problems and to solve those on a priority basis.

In order to win the trust of the people, the BJD supremo has advised the MLAs to be easily accessible to the people of their constituency and to meet with them on a regular basis. He has also asked the MLAs and MPs to attend public events and programmes in their respective constituencies.

Naveen has stressed upon responsible public behavior of the lawmakers both in public places and inside the House.

In order to strengthen the BJD at the grassroots level, the party has planned to conduct a massive statewide membership drive from December and asked the MLAs to devise plans to include new members in the party.

He has advised party legislators to keep in mind people’s interests- and not individual interests – while finalizing works under MLA local area development (LAD) fund. MPs have been advised to consult with their MLAs while utilizing the funds under the MPLAD.

Patnaik has also asked the lawmakers to chalk out a plan for three years and to submit it to their respective district observers by August-end, as part of the preparations for the three tier panchayat polls due in 2017.