BJP begins maiden membership drive in Kashmir

BJP begins maiden membership drive in Kashmir

The development comes at a time when BJP is engaged in serious talks with PDP over government formation in JK.

On the directions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the party chief Amit Shah, the BJP’s top brass has arrived in Srinagar to begin its “mission Kashmir” in the form of its maiden membership drive.

The party is eyeing at least 11 lakh members in JK with at least two members from every house in Kashmir division where it drew blank in the recently held assembly polls.

The party is eyeing 3 lakh members in Kashmir.

The development comes at a time when BJP is engaged in serious talks with PDP over government formation in JK.

According to senior BJP leaders, the party doesn’t want to waste even a single day as far as strengthening its base in all the three regions of the State and especially Kashmir.

“We are here on the directions of Prime Minister Modi and our president Amit Shah. Our mission is to go door to door in Kashmir to ensure at least two members join BJP formally from each household,” BJP’s state secretary  and BJP’s in-charge membership drive, Munish Sharma, who arrived in Srinagar this afternoon, told Greater Kashmir. Sharma said the membership drive of the party would be formally launched by the BJP national vice-president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe tomorrow. 

Sharma, who is also looking after BJP’s grievance cell, said the party leadership especially president Shah has directed them to ensure drive is launched effectively amid a vigorous campaign in Kashmir about the BJP’s vision for development of JK. “We want to make BJP world’s largest party with highest number of members. For that, JK is a priority,” said Sharma. The drive will culminate on March 31.

Asked whether Kashmir was a special priority for BJP given the fact the party couldn’t bag a single seat from Kashmir and Ladakh, Sharma said the party leadership has decided that BJP leaders must touch the ground zero in Kashmir to ensure party’s “visibility and presence.” “We will ensure constituency-wise membership in Kashmir and Ladakh,” he said. Asked what was the rough target BJP has set in Kashmir? Sharma said they intend to register at least 3 lakh members from Kashmir alone. “The total target in JK is 11 lakh members,” he said. 

BJP’s State Secretary (Organization) Ashok Koul said the drive is significant in many ways. “We want to make BJP a vibrant organization in Kashmir and rest of the JK. Membership provides a platform to youth, women and elderly people of the State to join a party that will not only address their issues but also ensure development of the State,” Koul said.

He said the party has taken Kashmir as its special priority and doesn’t want to waste time. “Government formation will take place at appropriate time, but these are organizational matters where there has to be no compromise,” he said. Koul said the party has made the drive simple for the people. “Registration will be done through a toll-free number. When a person would dial that, he would be asked to give his name and address. He will instantly get a confirmation through a text message,” he said.