One crore in Bengal now BJP members
BJP leaders say that the party has proved to be a tough contender for the TMC which has been in power in the state, pushing Congress and Left Front to distant third and fourth position respectively.
Propelled by BJP's outstanding performance in the last Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal, BJP is all set to achieve a record breaking membership of a whopping one crore. BJP leaders of the state said this on Wednesday. The central leadership had set a target to enroll 60 lakh members when the country membershiop drive had begun on July 6th. The party has long surpassed the target.
According to party leaders, the membership drive for the rest of the country was closed on Aug 20. Only in a few states such as West Bengal, where BJP had to work hard towards securing a stronghold; the exercises are to continue till December.
As per the data released by the state BJP on August 22, the BJP had bagged 77 lakh memberships. The leaders say that BJP will cross one crore members by the beginning of November.
Everyday we are receiving thousands of applications," a senior state BJP leader said.
Tushar Ghosh, the convenor of the BJP's membership drive in Bengal says that after the process of enrolling cadres gets over, the process of sorting out would start.
The BJP has grown in large numbers in the state since the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
In 2009, the BJP in Bengal had garnered around 1.75 lakh memberships. The figures went upto nearly 43 lakh during the membership drive in 2014, when the party on its own bagged 18 percent votes and two Lok Sabha seats.
BJP state President Dilip Ghosh says that the people of West Bengal have already chosen BJP over TMC(Trinamool Congress) and this will reflect in the next assembly polls. To this, TMC leader Tapas Roy replied that he is unsure if those 96 lakh members are real or just a handiwork of BJP's fake news team. He cited an instance where BJP had claimed that they have 42 lakh members.
The BJP has proved to be a tough contender for the TMC which has been in power in the state, pushing Congress and Left Front to distant third and fourth position respectively.
The BJP in 2019 Parliamentary election bagged 18 out of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state, just four less than the ruling TMC. The TMC's tally has come down from 34 in 2014 to 22 seats in this election.
The saffron party leaders are now asserting that their next target is to unseat Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee from power in 2021 state election.