Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems to be alerted and prepared for all the upcoming situations as he advised chief ministers of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled states to not talk about involving their relatives in governance and ticket distribution and asked them to consult him before traveling abroad.
The words of Mr Modi was shared by two leaders familiar with the developments.
One of the leaders shared “The prime minister told us that while in power, the claims of the family often become overwhelming. It is important to keep that under control. If we give in, it will weaken our key political line of attack against the Congress on dynastic politics,”
The advice was made by Mr Modi in a BJP chief and deputy chief ministers’ conclave in New Delhi organized at the end of last month.
He further said that Mr Modi referred to the BJP’s electoral loss caused in Madhya Pradesh over two decades ago because too many tickets were distributed to family members.”
Now elections are on the head in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Mizoram and possibly Telangana.
An office-bearer shared that over two dozen BJP leaders are seeking tickets for their relatives in the coming election.
Modi had prohibited the ministerial power to leaders whose close relatives are active in politics. He did not provide ministerial power to BJP leader Yashwant Sinha as his son Jayant Sinha was appointed as minister.
The other leader shared that Mr Modi had advice every party leader and government functionary to focus on governance and to avoid any distraction as election bells are ringing in many states. He even cleared that Mr Modi did not restrict for the foreign travel.
Prime Minister Modi said that before moving a file for travelling abroad, the concerned chief minister should inform him about the proposed visit, the host and the agenda, he added.