GUWAHATI, Aug 9 - As the ruling BJP gets ready to conduct its organisational elections, the party has stepped up its membership drive across the State and is also taking other measures to consolidate its position in Assam and sustain the momentum it gained in the recent Lok Sabha polls.
Sources in the State BJP said along with reconstitution of the organisation, the party is keen to use the ongoing membership drive and overall the restructuring exercise to lay the ground for its campaign in the forthcoming elections to urban local bodies (ULBs) as well as for the 2021 Assembly polls.
“The ongoing membership drive has been very successful so far. But along with the membership drive, we are also undertaking a number of other exercises to further strengthen our base in the grassroots and consolidate BJP’s position in the State. Besides strengthening the party, emphasis is also been placed to bolster our frontal outfits, including the youth, students, women, farmers and other affiliated wings,” a senior leader told The Assam Tribune.
As part of the exercise, the BJP has reorganised its structure at the mandal level.
“The number of mandals has been increased to 391 from the earlier existing 302. The measure was carried out as per the recommendation of the Mandal Reorganisation Committee formed by the State unit. The reorganisation is intended to facilitate further penetration of the party organisation in the grassroot level as well as to give each individual mandal committee more flexibility,” he said.
The number of mandal committees has been increased in 34 out of the 39 organisational districts of BJP. For example, there will now be 11 mandal units in Karimganj district as against 10 earlier, while the number of mandals in Charaideo district have been increased from six to eight, in Hojai from nine to 11, and in Guwahati Metro from nine to 12.
“As we are expecting a big jump in our cadre strength during the ongoing membership drive, creation of more mandals will make it easier to operate our organisation at the local level and streamline functioning of the committees,” said the BJP leader.
It is noteworthy that the State unit of the BJP has set a target to increase its membership to 40 lakh. The saffron party had 29 lakh members in Assam before the commencement of the latest membership drive.
Party sources said that special focus is being given on inducting new members from the tea community and the minority segments.
“We performed remarkably well among the electorate belonging to the tea community in the recent Lok Sabha polls. Now our intention is to emerge as the natural party of choice for the community. As for the minorities, one-third of the electorate of Assam comprises Muslims and we want to win their support as well. After all, the social welfare schemes of the BJP-led governments in New Delhi and Dispur have benefited the Muslim community as well, along with other sections of the society,” said a BJP office-bearer.
The membership drive, launched in early July, was suspended in the middle of that month on account of the floods. It was resumed later once the flood situation improved.
After completion of the membership drive, the State BJP will get ahead with the process of organisational elections. The party’s organisation will be reconstituted, beginning from the booth level and followed at the mandal, district and State levels. A new national committee of the BJP is likely to take over by December.
BJP recently formed a committee for its organisational elections in Assam. State Minister Bhabesh Kalita is the State election incharge, while senior leader and former MLA Mission Ranjan Das, MLA Ashwini Rai Sarkar, AMTRON vice chairman Ritubaran Sarma and State BJP spokesperson Aparajita Bhuyan are co-incharges of the committee.
The saffron party won nine seats in Assam during the recent Lok Sabha elections. Following the success achieved in the parliamentary polls, the BJP announced ‘Mission 100’, setting a target to secure at least 100 seats in the 2021 Assembly elections in alliance with its junior partners in the State.