With the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) elections due anytime now, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday virtually held a trial of strength in the city by launching the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) state-level, high-tech membership drive.
Chouhan, apparently buoyed by the results of recent local body elections, sounded confident of continuing the party's winning streak. "We will win IMC elections. But we need to work together," he said, in an oblique reference to workers not to get complacent.
Terming the membership drive as a "good beginning", the chief minister said the saffron party is aiming to enrol 1.50 crore members from the state, of which Indore will provide 10 lakh members.
Chouhan said the party's target is to enrol nine crore members countrywide and emerge as the world's largest political party by beating Communist Party of China, which roughly has 8.67 crore members.
The national leadership has directed state BJP units to increase membership by three to four times of their existing strength by March 2015.
The Bharatiya Janata Party's confidence to emerge as the world's biggest political entity stems from its overwhelming victory in 2014 Lok Sabha elections, led by Narendra Modi.
Apparently, Modi was first to enrol through his mobile phone at the launch of BJP's 'maha sadasyata abhiyan' (mega membership drive) held in New Delhi last month. Chouhan heaped praise on Prime Minister Modi and said that in six months' time he has emerged as a global leader.
During the launch of membership drive, Congress corporator Pritam Matta joined the Bharatiya Janata Party. The chief minister also felicitated Puja Patidar, a swimmer from the state and winner of several national medals.