BJP Enrolls 2.25 Lakh Members In Kashmir

12 May 2015
Greater Kashmir

Srinagar: In its efforts to expand base in the Kashmir, especially after the formation of coalition government in the state, the BhartiyaJanta Party (BJP) claims that it has enrolled 2.25 lakh people as primary members of the party till April 30 with covert support of Muslim RashtriyaManch (MRM), a RSS unit. 'During the recent visit of RSS State Prabhari, Indresh Kumar in the state, both Jammu and Kashmir were divided into 3 zones each to effectively carry forward the activities of MRM, and results have also come up', reliable sources informed Greater Kashmir. They said that some committees have also been formed in this regard. Meanwhile, BJP State Secretary and Incharge, membership Drive, Munish Sharma said that response to the membership drive is very encouraging from the valley. 'Till April 30, 2.25 people were enrolled as members of the party, and as on today, the number is around 2.5 lakh', he said. 'Although, the party on its own has been carrying on the membership drive in the valley and receiving good response, but a lot of credit goes to MRM for bringing the people into the party fold', insiders in the BJP informed. 'It is also due to the covert support of the MRM that people from all across the Kashmir Valley are enrolling themselves as members of the party', they added. 'It is due to these efforts that the BJP which got around 15,000 votes in parliamentary elections, and around 48,000 votes in the Assembly elections from Kashmir, has now over 2.25 lakh members from the valley alone', they claimed. Meanwhile, State Convener, MRM, Nazir Ahmed Mir said that job of MRM is to bring people in the national mainstream. 'Since the formation of BJP-PDP Government in the state, the atmosphere in valley has become conducive to work in and carry forward our mission of bringing the people in the national mainstream by removing certain misconceptions from their mind', he said. 'Our job is to bring the people in the national mainstream, and if some people want to work for the party, they are free to do so', Mir said, while adding, 'We stand for communal harmony and brotherhood'. He also said, 'We have been reaching out to the people at tehsil, block and booth level in furtherance of our mission'.