To boost the strength of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Telangana, Union Home Minister Amit Shah will be arriving in Hyderabad on July 6 to kick off a membership enrolment programme at Shamshabad.
The BJP, which is making plans to outdo the Congress and emerge as the main opposition in the state against the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), is proactively increasing its members from the grassroot level.
According to media reports, all top leaders of the party, including candidates who had contested in the Assembly and Parliament elections, and thousands of full-time BJP workers, would be touring all 33 districts over the next three days. Their job is to ensure that people from all walks of life join the BJP. Their goal is to enrol at least 12 lakh members over and above the 18 lakh members who are already registered as party members in the state, thereby bringing their total to 30 lakh.
The BJP is also holding several protests and highlighting issues pertaining to education in the state, as it hopes to wean away several youth who had backed the TRS during the agitation for a separate state and are now disillusioned.
While the BJP performed poorly in the Assembly elections held in December last year, winning only one seat out of 119 MLA seats, it performed much better in the Lok Sabha polls, winning 4 out of the total 17 MP seats in Telangana.
Speaking in Hyderabad last week, Vice President of BJP and former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Chouhan, exuded confidence that the BJP would form the government in the next Assembly elections.
â€śOur next target is to form government in Telangana in 2023 Assembly elections,â€ť the BJP leader said.