BJP inches towards 1 cr membership in Bengal

Buoyed by its stupendous performance in the last Lok Sabha poll, the West Bengal BJP is all set to achieve a record membership of one crore in the state, party leaders claimed on Wednesday.

The Bengal BJP unit has surpassed the target set by the central leadership to enroll 60 lakh members when the country-wide membership drive began on July 6, according to the party sources.

Although the membership drive across the country closed on August 20, it is on in a few states such as West Bengal, which are priority states for the BJP, and the exercise in these states will continue till December, party leaders said.

As per the data released by the state BJP on August 22, the BJP had clocked 77 lakh membership.

"As per the latest record 96 lakh people have applied for the BJP membership. By the beginning of November we would cross one crore mark. The response among the masses is huge.

Everyday we are receiving thousands of applications," a senior state BJP leader said.