Addressing the party's newly elected MPs in the Central Hall of Parliament, Modi asked them not to touch anyone's feet or indulge in sycophancy but work hard as parliamentarians.

Sources said Modi asked the BJP MPs to be armed with knowledge and be good parliamentarians by enhancing their skills in the ‘temple of democracy’.

"Don't touch my feet," was Modi's directive to the new MPs, in an apparent dig at the Congress, which the BJP has often targeted for the alleged ‘sycophancy’ surrounding the Gandhi family, and some regional parties steered by political families where such practices are prevalent.

Modi also asked his party MPs to remain connected to the ground and not let any complacency eclipse the party's performance which catapulted it to power.

In his 20-minute speech, Modi exhorted the MPs to remain in touch with the people at the grassroots and not lower their guard.

The Prime Minister asked them to help in the smooth running of the House and attend the sessions of Parliament full-time while maintaining its dignity.

Sources said the Prime Minister also asked the MPs not to talk to the media as spokespersons of the party but raise the issues of their own area and constituency with them instead.

He also urged them to come armed with knowledge and do their homework properly before participating in parliamentary debates.


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