The Telegraph
Thursday , July 3 , 2014
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Ministers to spend a day a month at party
Modi’s 3S advice on BJP bridge

New Delhi, July 2: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today stressed that building the BJP organisation continued to be “central” to his scheme despite the party being ensconced in power for the next five years.

Modi defined the essence of his government’s relations with the party as “3S” — samvaad, samanwaya and sampark (communication, co-ordination and sustaining relationships) — revealing once again his knack for catchphrases to make a point.

The Prime Minister was at the BJP headquarters on 11 Ashoka Road this evening to address the party’s ministers as well as central office-bearers. Party chief and Union home minister Rajnath Singh hosted a dinner for the gathering.

Information and broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar later said it had been decided that all ministers would be required to spend at least a day at the party office every month to meet workers and take note of their complaints and requests.

Modi and Rajnath emphasised that the ministers should give the party as much attention as their departments. It was also decided that a general secretary should be available through the day at the headquarters for party workers.

The ministers were also told to start travelling to election-bound states, even if they did not hail from there. Those from Maharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand, where polls are due over the next few months, were directed to make frequent visits.

A formal mechanism to strengthen government-party co-ordination is expected by July 15, with sources saying the system would be finalised once a new party president takes charge.

Today’s emphasis on the party came amid what the sources described as a “state of uncertainty” since Rajnath joined the government. Barring general secretary J.P. Nadda, no office-bearer is spotted at the office these days. Media briefings and informal interactions, once a daily drill for the media-savvy BJP, have become a thing of the past.

The prospective elevation of general secretary Amit Shah, the Prime Minister’s closest confidant, as party president is expected to ring in a new team that the sources said would “essentially” consist of Modi’s cherry-picked persons from the states.