In a significant development, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has claimed to finally manage serious inroads in Kashmir by registering at least 80,000 new members into the party fold during the ongoing membership drive that started on July 7.
BJP’s national vice president and in-charge Kashmir affairs, Avinash Rai Khanna, said that the party’s Kashmir unit is feeling contended over the response shown by the people. “We are hopeful that the party will pass the fixed target of increasing 20 percent more members to the existing one,” he said. “In every district, BJP is getting overwhelming response with politicians of other political parties joining us besides cross section of the society.”
According to BJP leaders, since the party launched the membership drive in Kashmir on July 7, 80,000 new members have been added to the party fold, while as Srinagar has topped the figure where 8000 new members. “The figure is increasing and we hope when the membership drive ends on August 6, we will have at least four lakh new members in Kashmir,” a BJP leader, overseeing the membership drive said.
He said that in the restive south Kashmir, response to the membership drive was encouraging. “People of all thoughts are joining BJP given its clear agenda,” he said. BJP’s General Secretary (organization) Ashok Koul said that each member has been directed to add 25 new members into the party fold. “We are satisfied with the way, people are joining us. We are hopeful that at the booth level, constituency level and also at the district level, our vote bank is increasing with each passing day,” he said.