Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel’s daughter Anar Patel has formally joined the BJP.
The Ahmedabad district unit of BJP on Sunday released a list of 31 ‘celebrities’ who have joined the party during its ongoing membership drive.
Among them are head of a famous Muslim shrine of Bhadiyad, a host of Hindu religious figures, musicians, former IPS officers and actors.
Forty-two-year-old Anar Patel is managing director of a firm named Gramshree Sanstha. According to BJP, Anar was brought into the party fold by local BJP leader Kishansinh Solanki.
“As per the instructions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah that people reluctant to join politics should be brought to the party fold, we approached Anar Patel and several others, and they readily agreed,” Solanki told The Indian Express.
Other names in the list include famous folk singer Farida Mir, Gujarati music artist Arvind Vegda, retired IPS officers V D Vanar and N J Zala, RSS worker Yogesh Kinariwala, actress Shital Shah and cardiologist Hitesh Patel.
Among the religious leaders inducted into the party are Bavamiya Lalumiya, head of a Muslim shrine in Bhatiyad, Hindu religious figures like Atmaprakasdas Swami of Jetalpur Swaminarayan Temple, Shreeji Prakash Swami of Hathijan Swaminarayan Temple, Damodardas Bapu and Jankidas Bapu from Viramgam, Bhagwandas Bapu and Giri Bapu from Bavla and Chaitanya Swami Maharaj from Sanand.
Three close relatives of television actor Disha Vankani have also joined the BJP.