The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will begin a membership drive across the state from July 15. The membership drive is mandatory in the party for the election of its national president as well as state presidents.
Sources said the party has set a target to enrol at least 20 per cent new members during the month-long membership drive that the party has started across the country after three years.
Membership forms have already been sent to the partys six regional offices in the state and their distribution up to the district level will be completed by July 14.
A party leader said that although a second term for incumbent national president Nitin Gadkari had been cleared,a formal election process will be conducted by the end of this year. The national president of the party is elected by state presidents who have to be elected by district presidents.
In UP,the incumbent state president Laxmikant Bajpai was given charge of the state after his predecessor Surya Pratap Shahi resigned,taking moral responsibility for the partys poor show in the Assembly elections in March. Bajpai,an MLA,is working hard and meeting party workers to get elected as state president for the next three years.
As per the existing election process,booth-level members elect their mandal presidents who subsequently elect their district presidents. Across the state,the party has demarcated 1.29 lakh booths and 2,402 mandals.
Some minor changes in the process for election of state presidents are likely. The decision about the election process and elaborate programme of the membership drive will be taken in a meeting on Thursday, said Devendra Singh Chauhan,state in-charge of the membership drive.
The drive has already started in other states,but got delayed in UP in view of the ongoing local body elections. The party will focus on the drive after the counting of votes scheduled on July 7.
As local body elections are nearing completion,the party will start the membership programme from July 15, Bajpai said.
A party leader said that regional meetings on preparations for the membership drive will be held on July 9,10,12 and 13. Leaders have reserved July 11 for the visit of BJP-supported presidential candidate P A Sangma,who will visit Lucknow that day to meet party MPs and MLAs.
The membership drive will be launched in all the districts on July 15 and after that mandal-level membership conferences will be organised. The membership fee is Rs 5. The membership drive will be completed on August 15 after which objections will be invited. The final list of members is likely to be published in October.
BJP seeks probe into jailed MLAs presence at CMs residence
The Bharatiya Janata Party today demanded inquiry into the presence of two jailed MLAs Mukhtar Ansari and Vijay Mishra inside the chief ministers residence during the lunch hosted there in the honour of UPAs Presidential nominee Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday.
In a press conference today,BJP state president Laxmikant Bajpai said that both Ansari and Mishra had been allowed by the court to attend the Assembly session only.
Bajpai pointed out that Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had denied induction of tainted BSP MLA D P Yadav in the party before elections. Now the presence of two jailed MLAs in the CMs residence reflects that the SP government has deviated from the idealism its leaders were talking about before the Assembly elections, Bajpai said. If Mukherjee had to meet these two MLAs,they could have met in the office of the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.
Bajpai said that if the CM was unaware of the presence of these two MLAs,he should order an inquiry on how they entered his official residence in the presence of the state DGP and other senior officials of the Home Department.