BJP claims surge in party membership at Basirhat in last one month

Over 10,000 have enrolled themselves during this time
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Sabyasachi Bandopadhyay
Kolkata
12 Jul 2017

The riots at Basirhat in North 24 Parganas district that ravaged the area for three days from July 3,  has brought to the fore one interesting fact. That the BJP party unit has seen a major surge in its membership in the last one month.

Since June 6, when the ambitious Bistarak Yojna, a party national scheme to rope in new members, has been launched, more than 10,000 new people, mostly young, have got themselves enrolled with the party's Basirhat unit, taking  the strength to a total of 35,000. It is one of the best performances done by a BJP sub-divisional unit in the state, so far. And according to party leaders the number is swelling as every day more and more people are queuing up for new membership. ``We feel encouraged as our efforts have paid us dividends. We went from door to door, convincing people about the schemes of the central government launched for ameliorating the condition of poor people. And quite a few who have come forward to become members are from the minority community,'' Biswajit Das, secretary of the BJP Basirhat unit, told Echo of India.

Senior leaders too say that since the Bistarak yojna has been launched across the state Basirhat has been in the forefront so far as enrolling new members is concerned. ``Basirhat is one of our brightest jewels. We congratulate them for the success,'' Shamik Bhattacharya, former MLA from the area told Echo of India. Echoed Rahul Sinha, BJP national general secretary: ``Our members are working very hard. And also the people who have witnessed steady infiltration from Bangladesh, the appeasement policies of the state government, have posed their faith in the party,'' Sinha told Echo of India.

However, the Trinamool Congress is not ready to buy the BJP claim. ``They say so many things, but we don't think that is true. Where are their cadre, I don't know.'' Asit Majumdar, a senior Basirhat TMC leader, told Echo of India.