Kolkata: With the increase in the BJP's vote share in the state, the RSS too is witnessing a sharp rise in its membership throughout West Bengal, a senior RSS functionary on Monday said.
"There is a growth of RSS throughout the state. People from all walks of life are showing interest in the organisation. Since April this year around 10,000 youths have taken part in one-day RSS programmes. Around 7,500 people showed interest for joining the outfit in South Bengal alone on our website as well," Jishnu Ray, media in-charge of the Sangh's South Bengal unit, said.
"Although nationally the montly average of joining RSS through our website is 9000. Bengal is slowly catching up with the national average," said Ray.
"We now have more than 1000 branches in South Bengal, which is quite higher than what we used to organise three years back," Ray said.
The expansion of the RSS was first noticed in a three-day youth workshop of the organisation in the state, which was held last year after a gap of 20 years under the leadership of its chief Mohan Bhagwat, which resulted in rise in number of shakas/branches in every part of the state.
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad, another ideological sister wing, organised a massive rally in Kolkata two days back, registering an unprecedented turnout in view of the fact that RSS and VHP had always been marginal in Bengal for last five decades.