The booth-level workers of the Delhi BJP will try to enlist 14 lakh new members in the party in over a month long nationwide membership drive scheduled to begin from July 6. The party has designated five workers at each polling booth as ‘Panch Parmeshwars’ (booth-level workers) who will serve as a link between the party and the voters living in the area covered by the booth. Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari said the membership drive in the national capital will be different from other states where aim is to add 20 per cent new members to the existing numbers.
“The membership campaign will be general in nature in which we will work to make around 14 lakh new members which is more than 20 percent target set for other states,” Tiwari said.
Presently, the BJP has around 27 lakh members in its Delhi unit.
In Delhi, there are 13,816 polling booths and about 58,000 booth-level workers, Harsh Malhotra, the co-incharge of the membership drive in Delhi, said.
“Given that each Panch Parmeshwar enrolls 50 new members during the campaign, we will be in a comfortable position to achieve the target,” he said.
Ahead of the 2017 municipal polls, the BJP had appointed five ‘panch parmeshwar’ in each of total 13,816 polling booths in the national capital.
The saffron party, which has been out of power in Delhi for over two decades, is expecting a comeback in the wake of party’s massive victory here in the recent Lok Sabha polls.
“The membership drive will boost our chances in Assembly polls, as more workers will translate into stronger ground level presence and better voter connect,” Tiwari said.
The BJP won all seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi. It won in over 12,000 of the total 13,816 polling booths which together mean victory in 65 of the total 70 Assembly segments in Delhi.
In the membership drive, Tiwari said a special focus will be on 1,200 polling booths where the party’s presence was weak.