New Delhi, July 10: PM Narendra Modi told party lawmakers on Tuesday that BJP MPs should hold padayatra (walking tours) in their Lok Sabha constituencies totalling 150 km from October 2 to 31. According to a Times of India report, this will coincide the birth anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Modi said that MPs must go to constituencies where BJP is weak.YS Jagan Reddy Completes Longest 'Padayatra' Covering 3,648 km in 341 Days; YSR Congress Chief Assures Decentralisation of Governance in Andhra Pradesh.
The party programs are reportedly linked to the government's plan to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary. Teams of MPs will be formed in each constituency which will undertake 15 kilometres of padayatra daily. In addition to this, the MPs will have to organise function based on Gandhiji's freedom struggle and also undertake tree plantation activities.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Arjun Ram Meghwal as quoted in a PTI report said, "Prime Minister underlined that these padayatras should focus on villages and reaching out to the public, and to get feedback on the government's work and expectation from us."