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Miffed Modi asks BJP MPs to take 'Tiranga Yatra' seriously
Tuesday August 9, 2016 8:43 PM, IANS

Tiranga Yatra
[Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagging off the Tiranga Yatra to mark the launch of 70th Freedom Year Celebrations, in Bhabra village, Alirajpur district, Madhya Pradesh on August 09, 2016. Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan and other dignitaries are also seen.]

New Delhi:
Miffed with his BJP MPs for not taking his directives "seriously", Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asked them to put in efforts to make the Tiranga Yatra a success and send a daily report card of their activities, sources said.

Speaking at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentary party meeting here, Modi expressed his "unhappiness" over MPs not submitting report cards of their work during the last two years.

Sources said Modi had last month asked party MPs to submit the report card of their work during the last two years but more than 25 percent of them didn't respond.

According to sources, the MPs were asked to give details of the work done by them in their respective constituencies, details of the beneficiaries of different central government schemes, status of Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, matters raised in parliament related to their constituencies and expenditure through MPLAD scheme.

"Now, take this Tiranga Yatra seriously. Send online report to party president everyday. Don't give excuses," a source quoted Modi as saying at the meeting.

Modi asked the BJP MPs to highlight the contributions of freedom fighters and martyrs among school children during the fortnight-long celebrations of India's 70th Independence Day.

He also released a theme song "70 Saal Azadi, Yaad Karo Kurbani" for the Tiranga Yatra being organised to mark the 70th anniversary of India's Independence from British rule.

"Prime Minister has asked the party MPs to highlight the contributions of freedom fighters and martyrs among school children. He said the Yatra will spread the message of harmony and MPs need to work hard to make it successful," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar told reporters after the meeting.

Kesiraju Srinivas, popularly known as Ghazal Srinivas, who holds the record for singing in most languages, has composed the song, he said.

The CD of the song will be released soon in all the regional languages.

Modi also urged party MPs to publicise the legislative work accomplished during the monsoon session of parliament so far, including the passage of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, Ananth Kumar said.

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