A cross-section of people in Vadodara, including royal scion Samarjitsinh Gaekwad, have joined the BJP during its on-going membership drive.
Singers Atul Purohit and Sachin Limaye, producer-actor of Gujarati movies, Maulin Pathak, are among other personalities to join the party.
“The 21 persons, who registered themselves as primary members of the BJP, have been supporting the party and were connected to its ideology even before. Now, they will help take forward the works done by the party. They will help propagate the BJP’s ideologies in their fields and will help highlight the works being undertaken by our government in the state and the Centre,” said Vadodara BJP president Bharat Dangar.
Bhupendra Patel (73) decided to voluntarily retire from the active membership of the BJP in 2002, but continued to revive the primary membership every six years ever since. On November 29, Patel revived his six-year primary membership of the BJP, along with four others who served the party from the Jana Sangh days, in the presence of Union Minister Kalraj Mishra.
Among the elderly party workers who revived their membership were Balkrishna Sharma, Parasbhai Kanungo, Kanubhai Patel and Kasturbhai Patel. Sharma, now 75, joined the Jana Sangh fascinated by its Hindu nationalism ideology and was made its city secretary in 1975.
“Effectively, I have been a part of the party since 1975, and will remain so until I die. It is pleasant to see that the party has grown in strength,” said Kanubhai Patel, who joined the Jana Sangh in 1972 and went on to become BJP corporator in 1984.
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