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BJP�s membership drive not poll-centric: Shah


GUWAHATI, July 14 - Reviewing the progress of the Maha Sampark Abhiyan in the North-east, BJP national president Amit Shah today asserted that the party�s objective of inducting new members was not just election-centric.

Shah, while attending a zonal meet of seven states of the North-east at the ITA Centre, Machkhowa here in connection with the Maha Sampark Abhiyan, said that with the induction of new members, the BJP had emerged as one of the largest political parties. He said the party had not embarked on this ambitious membership drive for winning elections, but to set forth on the path of nation building.

The BJP leader also stressed the importance of infusing the party ideology in the new members by getting in touch with them directly.

It needs to be mentioned that today�s meet was attended by all state office-bearers, district presidents and general secretaries, including coordinators of the Maha Sampark Abhiyan, apart from the central leaders and ministers.

The house was divided into five groups. Each group had a different subject for discussion that would further promote party activities and strengthen its organisational base.

On the other hand, Shah also emphasised that training programmes would be conducted for the new members at different levels so that they can really associate with the party and understand the philosophy of the party. He said the BJP was a party with a difference that had its foundation on the ideals of sacrifice. He pointed out that the party had come a long way because of its ideology of sacrifice and the citizens of the country had accepted the party because of its ideology.

Referring to the party�s position in the North-east, Shah said the membership of the party was growing in all the states including Assam day by day. �The increase in membership is an indicator that the people of the region have accepted the BJP. In Assam, the membership of the party has grown 10 times from what it was a couple of years back,� said Shah, adding that development of the region and linking it with the rest of India was the prime concern of the party.

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