Left Menu
Development News Edition

BJP membership near 18 cr, only seven countries have more population: Nadda

PTI | New Delhi | Updated: 29-08-2019 20:08 IST | Created: 29-08-2019 20:08 IST
BJP membership near 18 cr, only seven countries have more population: Nadda

The total number of BJP members has reached near 18 crore, its highest ever, with the party set to add seven crore new entrants during its recent membership drive, its working president J P Nadda said on Thursday. He said the drive, launched on July 6 and concluded on August 20, was "successful" and triumphantly noted that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) now had more members than the population of most countries.

Only seven countries had more people than the total number of BJP members, Nadda told a press conference here. The saffron party had set a target of adding 2.2 crore new members to its 11-crore membership reached in 2015, but surpassed the figure across the country, he said.

Nadda said the party made 5,81,34,242 new members online and 62,34,967 offline, adding that the details of more membership were being collated. When the process is over, it will reach seven crore, he said.

Top BJP leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari, had launched the drive from Varanasi, Telangana, Jaipur and Nagpur respectively on July 6, the birth anniversary of party ideologue Syama Prasad Mookerjee. With the membership drive over, the party will start its organisational polls in September.

The elections of national council members will take place in December, followed by the election of the party's national president. As Shah is the Union home minister now, there is a view within the BJP that he may make way for a new party chief.

Nadda is seen as the likely choice for the top post, but he steered clear of the issue at the press conference, saying it will only be known during the organisational polls that who is chosen for the job. The BJP working president said as many 1.86 lakh "vistarak", a term used for those deployed to spearhead a drive at the local level, steered the membership campaign for a week across the country.

He mentioned West Bengal as among the states where the drive drew a "massive" response, saying the party had already made 80 lakh members there as against the target of 10 lakh. "We will make one crore members in West Bengal. A primary reason for this is people's disenchantment with the state government and they want to get rid of it," Nadda said, targeting the Trinamool Congress (TMC) dispensation headed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

In one booth in Gujarat's Chudasama, everybody was enrolled as BJP members, he said. In the border constituency of Karnah in Kashmir, the party inducted 6,059 members, Nadda said.

BJP vice president Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who headed the membership drive, claimed that Muslims, who were seen to be generally indifferent to the saffron party, also responded favourably to the campaign. Following Modi's call, Nadda said 19.66 lakh trees were planted during the drive. The prime minister had asked the party members to undertake a green drive during the campaign.



Post-COVID-19 Nigeria needs a robust Health Management Information System to handle high disease burden

Nigeria is among a few countries that conceptualised a health management information system HMIS in the early 90s but implementation has been a challenge till date. Besides COVID-19, the country has a huge burden of communicable and non-com...

Morocco COVID-19 response: A fragile health system and the deteriorating situation

Learning from its European neighbors, Morocco imposed drastic measures from the initial stages of the COVID-19 outbreak to try to contain its spread. The strategy worked for a few months but the cases have surged after mid-June. In this sit...

COVID-19: Argentina’s health system inefficiencies exaggerate flaws of health information system

You can recover from a drop in the GDP, but you cant recover from death, was the straightforward mindset of Argentinas President Alberto Fernndez and defined the countrys response to COVID-19. The South American nation imposed a strict...

Rwanda’s COVID-19 response commendable but health information system needs improvement

Rwanda is consistently working to improve its health information system from many years. However, it is primarily dependent on the collection and reporting of health data on a monthly basis. Besides, evaluation studies on Rwandas HIS publis...


Latest News

Odisha records 4,330 new COVID-19 cases

As many as 4,330 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Odisha, taking the states coronavirus count to 1,79,880, informed Information and Public Relations Department, Odisha on Sunday.There are 37,469 active cases in the state while 1,41,657 c...

Hefty fines for COVID-19 quarantine breaches in England

The UK government on Sunday announced new rules, which make it a legal requirement for people with coronavirus to quarantine, with fines of up to 10,000 pounds imposed on repeat breaches of the stipulated 14-day self-isolation period to con...

Russia registers over 6,000 new COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours

Moscow Russia, September 20 ANISputnik Health authorities in Russia have registered 6,148 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, up from 6,065 the day before, bringing the countrys cumulative toll to surpass 1.1 million, the Russian co...

IMD issues red alert for 4 Kerala districts

After heavy rains lashed several parts of Kerala on Sunday, the Indian Meteorological Department IMD issued red alerts for the Idukki, Malappuram, Kannur, and Kasaragod districts of the state. The IMD further predicted orange alerts for the...

Give Feedback