In a bid to give a new lease of life to the inert Delhi BJP, seniors leaders have started hosting grand ceremonies just to induct new members into the party. But it turned out that several of these “new members”, who were inducted in full media glare on Tuesday, have been closely associated with the party or the senior leader who helped bring them in for years.
In fact, MP from West Delhi, Udit Raj, who was given credit for “helping” the party in its membership drive — started on June 15 — stated that the new members were people “who have worked hard for the party during Lok Sabha polls”.
One of them was the MP’s personal assistant Sanjay Raj, who has been working with him for the past 15 years. “I have been active in social and political circles and the PA to MP Udit Raj,” Sanjay Raj said.
The other four members who were inducted on Tuesday were Kalicharan, Dilip Kumar Gehlot, Inderjit and Karan Singh Karma. All of them are members of Udit Raj’s Indian Justice Party and have been closely associated with the BJP. While Kalicharan and Karma have worked for the party during the Assembly and the Lok Sabha elections, respectively, Inderjit was actively involved with the party’s Uttar Pradesh and Delhi units. Gehlot is a leader of the Valmiki community.
Former AAP member Neelam, who was welcomed into the party today had actually joined the BJP amid fanfare in April. “I have rejoined today. I don’t agree with the undemocratic ways of the AAP, and thus, I joined the BJP,” she said.
However, several party leaders felt such gimmickry sent out the wrong message. “These kind of publicity gimmicks — undertaken just to project that we are functional — will harm the BJP. We need real members and not supporters converted into members,” a senior BJP leader said.