Seeking to debunk BJP’s claim of having emerged as the largest party in the world, Congress on Monday raised questions over the genuineness of its membership strength, dubbing it as the “biggest missed call party”.
Party spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed suggested that BJP’s membership drive, based on missed calls made by people, is erroneous, and claimed that even a Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader and a party spokesperson have received messages about their enrollment in the other party.
The ambitious online membership drive of the party was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 1 last year, who became its first member after dialing a mobile telephone number.
The party introduced a hi-tech system whereby a person can become a party member by merely dialing a mobile number.
BJP had on Sunday claimed that its members had touched 8.8 crore, surpassing the Communist Party of China, which has 8.6 crore members.
“BJP is called the the biggest missed call party. Some Congress leaders have also got messages welcoming them into BJP. They include Congress Legislature Party of Chhattisgarh T S Singhdeo and party spokesperson in the state S N Trivedi. They have also got primary membership numbers,” Ahmed said.
“This is the miracle of BJP. The same person can enroll for membership from different mobile sets,” he added, wondering how can the credentials of a person being enrolled be verified, if they are made members just by a missed call.
When pointed out that Congress has also launched an online and application-based membership drive to expand the party’s base, Ahmed said that it was different from BJP’s drive.
“Our app-based membership drive is used only for registering them and then their credentials are verified and they are also asked to fill up a form. These two are two separate things,” he said.