The state unit of Bharatiya Janata Party claimed that it had enrolled 50 lakh new members, taking the number to over 1.50 lakh, which is an increase of over 30 per cent to the tally across the country.
Party’s organisation secretary Sunil Bansal said that this time, the party was able to rope on members even in those booths where party lost elections on regular basis.
“The high point is that the party has been able to make 60 to 70 per cent of members in those booths,” Bansal said during an organizational meeting held in Lucknow on Tuesday.
Bansal said that after Modi government’s bold step of repealing Article 370, the number of membership shot up all of a sudden.
“The party used to enroll 3 lakh members per day on an average, but after Article 370 was abrogated, the number went up to 6-7 lakh per day. This shows the craze of the BJP among the masses,” the senior BJP leader said.
Bansal said that now, the party would start enrolling active members from August 26 and the drive would continue till August 31. Senior leaders of the party will monitor it. The in-charge of this campaign would be state BJP general secretary Vijay Bahadur Pathak.
Party’s organizational election process will start from September 1. Booth level elections will be held for three days, divisional level for two days and district level elections in one day.
“New members have been asked to unfurl the tricolour on Independence Day and the next day, functions will be held at districts on the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee,” Bansal said.
The BJP has also decided to contest Council elections of Teachers’ constituency.
Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha organised membership camps at various places in Lucknow. Media incharge Khurshied Alam said that members led by city BJYM chief Tinku Sonkar organised camps at various market places where thousands of youths became party members.