New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked BJP MPs on Sunday to shun any negativity and work with a positive mindset so as to win over even those who did not vote for the party.In his address at the concluding session of the two-day training programme for over 380 party lawmakers, he also referred to the next Lok Sabha election, scheduled for 2024, and told them to nurse their constituencies in a way that they can retain them on the strength of their work and conduct, sources said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He cited his own clean record to urge the members of Parliament to keep their personal and professional conduct above board, according to MPs who attended the meeting. The prime minister asked the MPs to give ample time to their families but shun “parivarvaad” (dynasty politics), they said. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi told reporters that Modi asked MPs to not entertain negative thoughts about their rivals or those who did not vote for them. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHe asked them to work and conduct themselves in such a way that even those who did not vote for them are won over. “You should work for everybody’s welfare. You should be positive and shun any negative thoughts about those who did not vote for the party. Looking at your work and conduct, they will get closer to you,” he quoted Modi as saying. The prime minister asked the MPs to focus on people’s participation and pro-people policies, while overlooking politics, in the interest of their constituencies and the nation, Joshi said. A BJP MP said Modi spoke like a “guardian” and touched on issues related to political, ideological as well as personal aspects of their lives. Turning his attention to the next Lok Sabha polls, he asked MPs to identify booths where they did not fare well and work to strengthen their presence there. His speech, the sources said, also focused on proper conduct by MPs, and Modi in this context mentioned his own long tenure in government, earlier as Gujarat chief minister and now as prime minister. He asked the MPs to stand in queues with public and speak appropriately. Modi chose to sit among the MPs in one of the back rows during the meeting. BJP vice president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe conducted a session on self-development for the lawmakers while Defence Minister Rajnath Singh spoke on the party’s contribution to the country. A book titled “Sanskritik rashtravad ke shilpi” (Architects of cultural nationalism), a collection of BJP president Amit Shah’s speeches on personalities ranging from Chanakya to party founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee, was also released. Shah, who is the Union Home Minister, did not attend the meeting as he remained busy with official work related to Jammu and Kashmir, the sources said.
EDMONTON – She’s being called one smart cookie.As people lined up to buy cannabis at one of six Edmonton cannabis stores that opened Wednesday, a small entrepreneur stood ready to capitalize on what could be expected to be customers’ future need for a sweet snack.Nine-year-old Elina Childs had a wagon full of Girl Guide cookies for sale.“We’ve sold cookies in the neighbourhood before with her and it’s door to door. People aren’t home. There’s dogs and everything else,” said her father, Seann Childs. “We thought, ‘Where can we go to sell them?’“It just so happens that legalization was coming up in a couple of days.”He and his wife talked to Elina and she thought it was a good idea.When she got home from school, she grabbed some change from her piggybank. She and her dad loaded up a wagon with three cases of Girl Guide cookies and they walked to the nearby cannabis store.She started walking up and down the lineup.“It was well received,” said Childs.“People thought it was awesome. There were people telling her she was doing a great thing, that it was very innovative. There were cars stopping on the street to buy cookies from her. It was really something else. I’d never seen anything quite like that.”Childs said he expected it to go well, but he never thought they would sell out in 45 minutes.“We were sold out in no time.”An official with the Girl Guides praised Elina’s strategy.“Good on her and her family for thinking of it,” said Edmonton commissioner Heather Monahan. “It’s fun and it’s different and what better way to get rid of cookies.”A social media post on Elina outside the pot store went viral and Monahan said they started getting questions about whether it was allowed.“Why wouldn’t it be?” she said. “It wasn’t like she was in the store — that would be a whole different ball game.“I think it’s wonderful.”To make it even better, Elina’s parents were able to use the experience as a teaching moment for their daughter.“She actually has cystic fibrosis, so we encourage her to get out there and do things and be active,” Childs said. “Girl Guides is one part of that.”He noted that smoking is usually harmful to her.“This was one day she could benefit from smoking,” said Childs. “We saw that as an opportunity to get out there and teach her a little about what cannabis is.“Obviously she’s not going to be using it before she’s 18, I hope, but we like to have frank discussions with her, so she understands what it is and take away that mystery behind it — just to show her people of all ages and all walks of life are doing this and it’s legal in Canada now, just demystify it for her so it’s not a big deal for her.”