Gandhinagar: Senior BJP leader and in-charge of Gujarat BJP Dinesh Sharma expressed confidence here on Monday that the BJP would emerge as the world's largest political party and surpass the ruling Communist Party of China which has approximately eight crore members.
Interacting with reporters here Sharma, who is also the national in-charge of the BJP's ongoing membership enrolment drive, claimed that his party would enrol more than 10 crore members through this drive, which was launched on November 1 and would end on March 31 next near.
"Apart from regular registration, 1.25 crore people have become our members by giving a missed call on our toll free number. Another 1.80 crore people have given missed call, but are yet to fulfil other formalities. We received such an overwhelming response within merely one month of launching our membership enrolment drive," Sharma said.
"At this pace, the BJP may become the world's largest political party, since we hope to cross the 10 crore party membership mark by the end of March 2015. At present, the ruling Communist Party of China is the largest party in the world with eight crore members, which also include government employees," Sharma said.
Sharma is on a three-day visit to Gujarat to boost the membership enrolment drive here. According to him, the Gujarat BJP has already registered more than 60 lakh members.
"We have enrolled 50 lakh members through personal contact and enrolled 10.38 lakh party members through our toll free number. To reach out to the maximum number of people, we plan to set up stalls in forthcoming festivals and programmes here, such as kite festivals and kisan melas," Sharma said at a press conference here.
After the membership drive, all newly enrolled party workers would be given training, Sharma said.
"During the months of July, August and September, when we will have a final tally of all members in each state, we plan to organise training camps for all new workers to make them aware about BJP's ideology and structure," Sharma said.
Recently, Koli community leader and BJP MLA Purshottam Solanki from Gujarat had organised a huge rally to exert pressure on Chief Minister Anandiben Patel. Later, after he was inducted as minister, his brother and BJP MLA Hira Solanki raised his voice, which was a rare sight when Narendra Modi used to be Gujarat Chief Minister.
When he was asked about whether there is a revolt-like situation in the Gujarat BJP, Sharma claimed that it is a "minor issue" which the BJP is capable of tackling.
"Our CM as well as the party can handle such minor issues. There is no question of revolt or dissatisfaction in the party," Sharma said.