Indian media: Modi's message to MPs

Mr Modi wants the ruling coalition's MPs to promote his government's policies Image copyright EPA
Image caption Mr Modi wants the ruling coalition's MPs to promote his government's policies

Media in India are highlighting Prime Minster Narendra Modi's efforts to reach out to the ruling coalition MPs for better implementation of his government's policies.

Mr Modi hosted a tea party for the MPs of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) on Sunday at his home in Delhi.

The occasion was "seen as an exercise to dispel any impression of a gap between the government and the alliance," the Hindustan Times says.

"His message to the allies was clear: think big, far and above politics and be a force with tremendous positive energy while helping the government achieve its goals," the paper adds

Mr Modi used the event to "sensitise" the MPs about his government's new policies and the need to implement them, The Asian Age reports.

"Making it a perfect occasion to sensitise 400-odd ruling NDA MPs on government initiatives and schemes ahead of the coming winter session of parliament, Mr Modi urged the parliamentarians to become a 'symbol of positive politics'," the paper says.

The Times of India says the PM cited "several initiatives taken by his government - be it the Jan Dhan Yojna [bank account for all scheme], Shramev Jayate [labour reforms scheme], enhanced minimum pension amount, gas pricing, deregulation of diesel prices or even the coal ordinance - and asked the MPs to spread the message to the people".

Mr Modi also asked the MPs to show "seriousness" in the Clean India campaign, launched earlier this month, and make it their top priority, reports say.

"In his address to the MPs, Mr Modi asked them to play an active role in Swachh Bharat [Clean India] mission by visiting schools in their constituencies over a five-day period beginning 14 November (125th birth anniversary of India's first PM Jawaharlal Nehru) and explain to children the importance of hygiene," the Times of India reports.

Top cleric attacked

Meanwhile, the situation in east Delhi's Trilokpuri area is "tense but under control" following Hindu-Muslim clashes last week, papers say.

"The situation is tense but under control. No fresh violence or clash has taken place today," The Indian Express quotes a police official as saying.

Police have arrested 70 "miscreants" involved in the violence, the paper says.

Clashes erupted in the area on Thursday during the Hindu festival of Diwali.

And finally, a man has been arrested for attacking a top Muslim cleric during evening prayers in Delhi on Sunday, the Deccan Herald reports.

A 32-year-old man threw kerosene on the Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid [grand mosque] before he was arrested, the paper says.

"He was immediately overpowered by the Imam's personal security staff and handed over to the local police who have booked him for attempt to murder," the paper quotes a police official as saying.

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