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BJP targets 100 million members, ignores verification

Saffron party aims to use its numbers to enter ‘Guinness Book of World Records’

By Kanika Rangray

BANGALORE (April 2)—The BJP has set a target to enroll 10 crore new members by April 30, 2015.

If the party is able to do so, it will break the record of the Communist Party in China that currently has the largest number of party members along with setting a record for itself in the Guinness World Record.

While the BJP is prompt in enrolling people into the party as soon as they give their name and address, they go easy on doing a criminal track record check of them.

BJP MLA Jagadish Kumar, Hebbal Constituency said: "We want to overpower China, being the largest party in the world and get ourselves into the Guinness book of world records.

The enrollment is on the basis of phone numbers, which then goes through computer verification. We get the address from there, which is then sent to the booths. Then they go to each of the addresses and collect Rs. 5 as membership fee.”

When asked about the criminal record check up, Kumar said:" The party will do that check up after April 30. If the person is out on bail or parole then we will have to check which crime he has been accused or convicted of.”

The Supreme Court in its judgment in August 2014 has said that it will not interfere in the enrollment of members with criminal records, “it is the constitutional responsibility of the party itself that it keeps check of who it is enrolling.”

When The SoftCopy contacted the Congress Party to ask about the procedure of enrollment in their party, they replied that first the person has to fill a membership form online or at the party office, then produce identity proofs such as Voter ID and Aadhar card. After that the party does a criminal record check and only if the person is given a clean chit then he or she is allowed to be a member of the party.

The JDS party in Karnataka also follows a similar procedure.


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