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Press Trust Of India
Ahmedabad, September 17, 2013
Buoyed by Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi's naming as BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate, BJP's Gujarat unit is set to launch a massive membership drive on Tuesday on the occasion of his 64th birthday. "We are launching a massive drive to enrol 1 lakh people through each of our cells starting tomorrow, on Modi's birthday," said state BJP spokesperson, IK Jadeja on Monday.

Various BJP cells, dedicated to affairs of minorities, SCs and STs and youths, among others, have been given a target of enrolling 1 lakh people each during the nine-day drive, which will culminate on the birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhayay.

"Besides the enrolment drive, some 20,000 BJP workers will carry out social work to strengthen the organisational structure of the party over the coming nine days," Jadeja said.

BJP workers will spread awareness about the fight against malnutrition, distribute food at anganwadis, organise medical and blood donation camps and undertake tree plantation to celebrate Modi's birthday, he said.

Modi will be felicitated in Gandhinagar today by Gujarat Gaurav Abhivadan Samiti.

Meanwhile, Gujarat Congress has said it will stage a two-hour sit-in protest on the occasion of chief minister Narendra Modi's birthday to remind him of the tall promises made by him which are yet to be fulfilled.

The protest is to be held near the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Income Tax Circle in Ahmedabad.

"Modi had promised a Rs. 15,000 crore 'Van Bandhu' package for tribals, Rs. 11,000 crore 'Sagar Khedu' package for fishermen and Rs. 50,000 crore for development of various districts during his sadbhavna fasts in 2011," state Congress chief Arjun Modhvadia said, alleging that the above schemes were not achieving their goals.

"Sadbhavna should come from the heart, not just in words," Modhvadia said, a day ahead of Modi's 64th birthday.

"If he (Modi) had followed the Raj Dharma as advised by the then Prime Minister AB Vajpayee in 2002, there would have been no need to carry out such political gimmicks," he added.