"We have received a good response to the membership drive initiated on the birthday of Narendra Modi. Close to 40,000 Muslims have expressed willingness to join the party," State BJP Minority Cell President Mehbubali Bava said. (Agencies)
BJP aims to enroll one lakh new members each under its different cells starting from Tuesday, which is the 64th birthday of the Gujarat Chief Minister.
Cells dealing with minorities, SC/ST, youth and cyber, among others, have been given the target to enroll one lakh people each during the nine-day drive, party leaders said.
Attributing the rise in membership to dissemination of "correct" information to public through various medium, Bava said "Congress has ruled the country for a major period since Independence. Still, according to Rajendra Sachar Committee report handed over to the Manmohan Singh government in 2006, only 2 percent Muslims are in government jobs, 40 percent live in slums and hundreds of them are languishing in jails."
"Instead of ensuring employment opportunities for Muslims and better standard of living for the community, the Congress has only sought the votes of Muslims by polarizing the nation," he said in BJP office flanked by scores of Muslims who joined the party.
Gujarat Police Department has 10.6 percent Muslim personnel. This was higher than that of West Bengal, Assam and Maharashtra where the percentage of Muslims in total population is higher than BJP-ruled Gujarat, Bava said.
Muslims comprise 9 percent of Gujarat's population. Praising Modi for ensuring peace in the state in the last 11 years, he said Gujarat has witnessed "curfew-less" peace for over a decade.
"Modi has shown development and peace can take place simultaneously. Gujarat has developed immensely under his rule and it has also not witnessed a single incident of communal riot in the last decade. The scenario was different when Congress was in power here," he added.
"We have received a good response to the membership drive initiated on the birthday of Narendra Modi. Close to 40,000 Muslims have expressed willingness to join the party," State BJP Minority Cell President Mehbubali Bava said.