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BJP aim for 15 lakh members by Aug 15

The Punjab entity of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) aims to increase its membership from 6 lakh to 15 lakh by August 15. State BJP president Ashwani Sharma shared the target with the media.

punjab Updated: Jul 30, 2012 14:18 IST
HT Correspondent

The Punjab entity of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) aims to increase its membership from 6 lakh to 15 lakh by August 15.



State BJP president Ashwani Sharma shared the target with the media on July 29 at Field Hostel here after a district-level membership campaign under his command.

"The party wishes to reach out to the people of all cities and villages," he said. "We will enroll people of all the sections of society, but especially women and youth."

"At present, the party has 6-lakh membership in the state and the target is to take the number to 15 lakh by August 15" said Sharma.

The BJP supported anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare, the leader told HT on the sides of the press conference. "We agree with his (Anna's) charging 15 ministers with corruption, and we support the way he carried on his struggle." Sharma said.

Asked about the sluggish development of Punjab, Ashwani said the state lagged because it had no tourism and industry, but it could become developed by the introduction of innovative tax schemes."

Asked about the differences with the Shiromani Akali Dal, dominant partner in the state's ruling alliance, he said the party would make a coordination committee to solve the issues.

"On Monday, after a meeting with the BJP, the state government will decide whether to decrease or increase the price of sugar."

The BJP's 2014 Lok Sabha election target is 13 seats from Punjab. On the failure on the part of state government to deliver 24-hour electricity to Bathinda, even at high rate, he said the cost to the government was Rs 14 per unit and the tariff to consumer Rs 4.70 a unit.

"We cannot arrange 24-hour electricity because monsoon is inactive in Bathinda district," he said. "The shortage of water has impacted the production of power."

Senior BJP leaders Manjeet Singh, Dayal Dass Sodhi, and Vijay Kumar were also present there.