Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gives tips to BJP's first-time MPs

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 29 June, 2014, 11:43pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 29 June, 2014, 11:43pm


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has offered guidelines on public conduct to first-time MPs of his right-wing party, including tips on body language.

During a speech at a closed-door training session, Modi told Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmakers to cultivate their knowledge in an area of their choice and focus on the substance of their parliamentary speeches.

"Remember, people are observing your performance in the house but even outside," Modi, who became PM a month ago, told the 170 lawmaker at the two-day session, a BJP statement said.

He reminded the new parliamentarians that the party's landslide victory in the general election was "a significant transition and we must try to appreciate the meaning of this".

Modi won on the promise to reform the ailing Indian economy after voters turned against the scandal-hit Congress party.

BJP leader Jagdish Mukhi said Modi touched upon many issues relating to MPs' public conduct. "He [Modi] said your language should be sophisticated; he talked about how one's body language should be," Mukhi said.