Varanasi, Jul 6 : BJP working president J P Nadda has claimed that the party workers will create another record this time during the membership drive when the numbers will surpass the last drive, which had created a history in the world by BJP becoming the biggest political party.
" We have a target to enroll 6 crore new members in the party but by witnessing the enthusiasm of the workers it seems that this time it can surpass 11 crore members who were enrolled in the previous drive," he said.
Addressing the party workers here after Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the nation wide BJP's membership drive, Mr Nadda, said along with the membership drive PM has also asked every party member to plant a tree while in Varanasi in every booth five couples will plant a sapling in the name of their children.
He said during the past couple of years and with the success in the last Lok Sabha polls, BJP has strengthened itself in over eight lakh booths in the country and this time the main focus will be in these booths to enroll new members. " The toll free number will enroll new members online as well as offline," he said.
Lauding the PM for launching the membership drive from Kashi, Mr Nadda said, ' Mr Modi was always an organisational person and had worked in almost all parts of the country. The present PM was working in Gonda in UP when he was called for taking up the CM post in Gujarat."
Talking about Jana Sangha founder late Shyama Prasad Mookerjee, on whose anniversary the membership drive was launched, he said," Dr Mookerjee had scarified his life for the ideology even after leaving the union ministry and launching jana sangha."
UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath welcomed the PM , said due to the efforts of the PM Kashi has now become a global tourist hub.
" The grand success in the Lok Sabha polls, when the party itself won 303 seats and NDA 350, the popularity of Mr Modi and the support given by the people vindicate that the country is moving ahead at a faster pace," he said.
UP BJP president and Union minister Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey said though there is a target to enroll 20 per cent or around 26 lakh new members in this drive in the state but it seems that it will cross over 50 lakhs this time too.
Before, launching the drive, PM and other senior leaders of the party were given a badge with a BJP logo along with a book. (UNI)