MUMBAI: On his maiden visit to the city on Monday as the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi decided to test quickly the state BJP’s preparedness for upcoming Legislative Assembly elections and asked the party leaders to talk in one tune if they wanted to win the elections.
Modi was here to interact with the scientists of Bhabha Atomic Research Institute (BARC) and Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) on the development of pressurised water reactor. He also asked state BJP president Devendra Fadnavis to call party officials at Hotel Hyatt near the airport to discuss the poll preparedness.
Modi took stock of the party’s preparations and gave some instructions to improve its visibility among the people. An official present at the “confidential” meeting said that Modi had asked them to reach a message to the people that his government was on the right track as far as commoners’ issues are concerned.
“Modiji was keen on hearing us rather than delivering a speech. He told us to work hard, go to the people and talk in one tune. He insisted that the party could not win the election if its leaders talk in different tunes,” the official said. Modi’s advice has come at the time when the state BJP leaders are competing with each others on their projection as future leaders.
It is also significant as a section within the party wants to severe the ties.