'Make new members, get poll tickets'

The Delhi BJP will take into account the number of new party members recruited by each of its cells before accepting demands for Assembly poll tickets for leaders from these cells, a leader said on Friday.

Sources in the party said leaders of the Yuva Morcha, Mahila Morcha, Minorities Morcha and Poorvanchal Morcha have already started sending feelers to Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party chief Satish Upadhyay for giving a healthy representation to members of their cells in the final party line-up for the Assembly elections.

“A strong message has been sent that these cells will not have much say in ticket allotment if they fail to meet the targets of making new members,” said a senior Delhi BJP office bearer, who claimed over 16 lakh new members have been enrolled since the drive was launched on November 1.

The party has set tough targets for each of these cells. The Poorvanchal Morcha, for instance, has been tasked to rope in about 10 lakh new members by January 15.

“The membership campaign by the Poorvanchal Morcha has only managed about one lakh new members. Even the Minorities Morcha is running behind its target of two lakh new members. They have manage to enrol just about 40,000 new names,” said a party leader.

The Poorvanchali Morcha has been tasked to connect with the residents of the unauthorised colonies which have been given relief by the central government by extending the shield against demolition, a leader said.

The Mahila Morcha, which was given a target of making 1.5 lakh new members, has only managed to hook 80,000 people.

Meeting teachers
As preparations for the coming Assembly elections pick up pace, Upadhyay met Delhi University college principals and teachers, promising to run evening shifts in all institutions to increase student intake.

Seeking suggestions from the teaching community for the party’s election manifesto, he assured the teachers that the next BJP government in the city would set up East and West campuses of the Delhi University. 
The teachers suggested to Upadhyay that one college each should be established in Narela and Najafgarh.

The demand for opening new hostels and a digital library was also made by the DU teachers.

Some college principals suggested that their institutions should be allowed to seek affiliation from foreign universities.
DH News Service

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