BJP's Foundation Day: How it became world's largest party - PM Narendra Modi salutes dedication of determined workers

Bharatiya Janata Party on 29th March, 2015, had become the world's largest political party in terms of primary membership. 

Updated: Apr 06, 2016, 14:54 PM IST
BJP's Foundation Day: How it became world's largest party - PM Narendra Modi salutes dedication of determined workers

New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party on 29th March, 2015, had become the world's largest political party in terms of primary membership. 

According to BJP, it surpassed the Communist Party of China which has 8.6 crore members. Noteworthy, BJP has 8.8 crore members (data as of 29th March, 2015).

Also, according to senior BJP leaders, the membership of BJP might surpass the 10-crore target set by the party president Amit Shah.

PM Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that he salutes crores of BJP Karyakartas who have always served the BJP with admirable vigour & great dedication. 

How it gained 8.8 crore members, became world's largest?

The ambitious online membership drive of the party was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 1 November last year by becoming its first member after dialing a mobile telephone number.

Hi-tech yet convenient system to become member of BJP 

The party had introduced a hi-tech system whereby a person can become a BJP member by merely dialing a mobile number. 

Record one crore member in just 8 days

Noteworthy, one crore members were added in merely eight days when the party touched the 8-crore mark on 23 March, 2015.

Maximum members are from Uttar Pradesh

BJP leaders say the party has the maximum members from Uttar Pradesh where the BJP is aiming at forming a government on its own after the 2017 assembly elections.

The BJP had won a maximum of 71 Lok Sabha seats out of a total of 80 in the state in the 2014 polls and two other seats were won by its ally Apna Dal.

As of 2015, BJP is the country's largest political party in terms of representation in Lok Sabha and state assemblies.