BJP becomes largest political party in the world

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  1. Rashna

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    BJP becomes largest political party in the world

    NEW DELHI: The ruling BJP has become the largest political party in the world with its enrolment drive in the past five months taking its membership to 8.80 crore. The Communist Party of China was until now considered the largest party with about 8.60 crore members.

    Sources said the party hit the 8.80 crore mark on Sunday and the BJP expects its membership to cross 10 crore by the end of this month, exactly what it had aimed for when it launched the drive in November last year. Party president Amit Shah will announce the final figure at the national executive to be held in Bangalore on April 3-4.

    The ambitious membership drive was Shah's idea. He views a base of active members as a device for consolidating BJP's freshly-achieved pre-eminence.

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    Sceptics say the groundswell in membership is no reliable reflection of the party's actual strength on the ground, and that while PM Narendra Modi's popularity and the party's current influence may draw thousands into the fold, their loyalty will remain suspect and they might bolt when the going gets tough.

    Sources in the party maintain that the enrolment through missed calls is a huge improvement over the old practice where block-level functionaries would mention names of purported members to meet targets. The leadership had no way of independently verifying these claims.

    In the new scheme, the party can scrutinize registrations by calling up numbers from where missed calls originated. The phone numbers also provide the party with a way to maintain 'live' contact with members to update them on developments and explain decisions as well as the context in which they are taken.

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    Mobile phones are also viewed as vehicles for propagating the party's policies and to counter the criticism of opponents.

    The membership drive will officially come to an end on March 31 but there are chances that it may be extended in a few states like Maharashtra where, according to the party, a large number of people are still calling to register themselves with BJP. After UP, where it has set a target of 1.5 crore, Maharashtra is expected to fetch the maximum number of members for the party. Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh have both already accounted for more than 80 lakh members.

    BJP general secretary Ram Madhav last week hailed the achievement saying the party had added one crore members in the eight days starting March 15. The number increased steadily last week with another one crore joining. Shah is now using the membership drive to also measure BJP's strength in states which are headed to polls later this year and in 2016.

    The party's ambitious, hi-tech online membership drive was launched by Modi on November 1 last year when he became a member by dialling a telephone number followed by Shah who became the second member.

    "BJP's 8 crore members crossed," Madhav said last week, adding that the first 10 million were added in 30 days, the second in 22 days and the third in 13 days. He said the party added the fourth such unit in 16 days, the fifth in 18 days and the sixth in the subsequent 21 days. The last 20 million were added in 15 days and eight days respectively.

    The speeding up of the membership drive comes amid hectic meetings and tours by Shah to various states to step up the effort and finalize the drive by the end of this month.
     
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    Rashna Senior Member Senior Member

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    Does this mean that India is poised to see a single party majority politics for a long time to come?
     
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    If this wipes out the so-called self-proclaimed "secular" trash, I am all for having single party majority politics.

    The following parties need to be wiped out of India, in descending order of the urgency with which they need to be wiped out:

    1. TMC, CPI(M), SP, RJD
    2. BSP, JD(S), DMK
    3. Congress, YSRCP, NCP
     
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    In that case most of the opposition gets wiped out. A very ideal world. :lol:

     
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    Nopes, majority of those who joined may be for namesake.
     
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    Possible but they might hold the key to an election outcome?

     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    I think that this is due to the Modi Effect and is but only a temporary phenomenon.

    If the Modi Govt fails to deliver, then it will be just numbers that are 'numbers' and not the actual supporters, for there are no ways to ask the BJP to delete them from the list.
     
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    Every 10 years or so the tide of the politics change, during the upa tenure most of the people thought NDA will not come to power.

    Congress has strong cadre is also having strong foundation. They only need good agenda and top leadership.

    Although I wish BJP to remain at centre to complete the reforms.
     
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    NSG_Blackcats Member of The Month OCTOBER 2009 Senior Member

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    There are only two cadre based party in India, BJP and left parties. Congress is not a cadre based party. By the way, Congress never revived at national level after Rajiv Gandhi. There are many big states where Congress is not in power for more than 20 years now. Congress will remain relevant in pockets but I do not see it getting revived at national level.
     
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    Congress do have lot of cadre is a big organization. They can revive if they come up with good agenda. But I do not see it happening in the next 5 years or so.
     
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    I guess you have a misconception about cadres and members/workers.
     
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    Congress ideology is secularism even though this ideology is the needed to keep India intact, it do not appeal to the people because it is not conservative. Reason why they are called workers, unlike communism or right wing ideology.
     
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    I pray to God that that comes true. Authoritarian regimes around Asia have advanced economically, while we're still gaand-maraoing with communalism/secularism, throwing real issues to the wind.

    2019 elections are practically won by BJP. Before 2014 results, most commentators predicted that if Modi manages a simple-majority, he's going to be in office for 10 years, not 5.
     
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    NSG_Blackcats Member of The Month OCTOBER 2009 Senior Member

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    Are you serious about the bold part? :laugh:

    Heard about shah bano case?
    Heard 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Bhagalpur riots?

    Anyway...
     
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    Modi will be in office even after this term since none appear to be in any position to pose a challenge.

    To avoid hiccups. Modi has to deliver.
     
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    Congress has shifted its goal time to time. Rajiv Gandhi was on the verge of building Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. Secularism is not something you call ideology as far as traditional political language is concerned. It's a single leader centric party. It's not cadre based. It doesn't PRODUCE leaders, it RECRUITS leaders. While BJP has its own production house- RSS.
     
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    He'll, he'll take sometime & I can see better decisions have been taking place. He's serious about administration & politics, I hope god be with him & India so we can have better future against many odds.
     
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    He'll, he'll take sometime & I can see better decisions have been taking place. He's serious about administration & politics, I hope god be with him & India so we can have better future against many odds.
     
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    Election results mostly is defined by the "CURRENT AFFAIRS" of a country at that time.
    We see BJP losing out in Delhi despite the proactive measures taken by the Central Govt.

    National Sentiments matters. If BJP could keep theirr course steady and keep the statecraft moving favorably at all levels and engage well with the public things will be better for them, membership or not!
     
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    Yes Modi is serious and there is no doubt.

    However, the Indian public is restless. They want to see results.

    That is not being showcased.

    Further, the idea that Modi Goct is pro business and not pro poor is hitting its image hard, especially since India is a poor country and being pro poor is a great vote bank tactics.
     

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