Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) massive victory in Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections, and anointment of Yogi Adityanath as chief minister, has given a mega booster shot to the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) membership drive. As per a report by the Indian Express, the saffron organisation has seen its highest growth ever since the Adityanath government came to power in the state. The report says that Sangh received as many as 22,432 online applications between March 16 and March 31, a fortnightly record so far. Of the total number of applications, 8,919 were from UP and 1,680 from Delhi. In the first half of April, the Sangh received 9,205 online applications, of which 2,778 were from UP.
A senior RSS functionary told Indian Express that the new number shows highest ever growth achieved by the saffron organisation. He also pointed out that the number is only about the online applications, and those who joined the organisation at the shakha level should be added to it, adding, that such growth is ‘phenomenal’ for the Sangh. Not only Uttar Pradesh, the organisation is also receiving an overwhelming response from West Bengal, where it received 3,422 applications from January 1 to April 15.
The state has been divided into two prants (states) – uttar (north) and dakshin (south) – by the RSS. A senior RSS functionary told Express that organisation has been growing fast in Bengal, the growth was followed resolution passed by Central body this year.
The reports said that Sangh had received a mere 28,424 applications in 2013. This was followed by its first major push came after the 2014 Lok Sabha results, when it saw a sudden spike in applications, receiving 97,047 of them that year. In 2015, it received 81,620 applications, and in 2016, the number grew further to 84,941. This year, it has already got 50,339 applications until April 15.
Speaking to Indian Express, a senior RSS leader said that organisation’s popularity is increasing across Kerala, the Northeast and Bengal. He added that sudden spurt in numbers confirms that people are accepting RSS’s ideology and work.