In a meeting with party legislators, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday warned the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA’s to maintain a polite tone while talking to someone over the phone. The Chief Minister also alerted them that their calls might be recorded and later, leaked on the social media and therefore they should maintain as much care as possible about what they say. He has further advised the party legislators to meet people in person rather than talking to them on the phone, as reported by The Indian Express.
“The CM has asked us to prefer meeting people over any issue in person and minimise conversations over phone,” The Indian Express quoted party MLA as saying.
Explaining the concern of the Chief Minister, a party MLA said that recently various heated conversations of the party MLAs were recorded and leaked in the media. He further said, “In the past few years, certain officials, particularly of the district police, recorded telephone conversations with MLAs, including heated arguments, and leaked them in the media. Such conversations go viral on social media and that draws criticism towards the MLA and the party. We have to be careful because we are in power in the state as well as at the Centre,” The Indian Express quoted him as saying.
In the wake of the recent rift between the party MLA Radha Mohan Das and a IPS officer Charu Nigam, which went viral on social media, Adityanath has advised the legislators to maintain calm even if the other side tries to provoke them. On Monday, a session on GST Bill will be held by the experts at 4 pm. The Chief Minister has asked the party officials to reach the Assembly 15 minutes before its scheduled time. “GST is a complicated topic and some experts will make a presentation for MLAs on Monday at 4 pm, so that everyone can understand and express their views during the discussions in the House,” The Indian Express quoted a party MLA as saying.