At its first meeting after the recent Rajya Sabha elections, the BJP Parliamentary Party on Thursday greeted the newly elected members and congratulated party president Amit Shah upon completion of three years at the helm of party’s affairs.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who chaired the meeting, also congratulated Shah on becoming a Member of the Rajya Sabha. Shah is likely to be sworn in on Friday, the last day of the ongoing monsoon session of Parliament.

Briefing news persons about the meeting, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said, “Prime Minister Modi congratulated the party chief Amit Shah for completing three years as BJP president and becoming Rajya Sabha MP for the first time (in his political career).The Prime Minister wants the party to work harder to achieve new goals and work towards India’s development.”

Shah, a five-time MLA in the Gujarat Assembly, on Wednesday resigned from the post. He gave his resignation letter to Assembly Speaker Ramanlal Vora.

He also delivered an hour-long farewell address to the assembly on the last day of its monsoon session.

At the Parliamentary party meeting, Modi informed the party MPs of a plan to hold a nationwide programme highlighting the development of the country.

At the state level, local legislators will take part in the 15-day long programme that is scheduled to begin on 15 August, Independence Day.

“We will start a new development programme soon. We have informed both Houses of the Parliament about the programme. A website has been launched about the event. We have achieved a lot,” Kumar claimed.