Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches BJP's Membership Drive in Varanasi

He will address party workers. The prime minister will also launch a tree-plantation campaign, "Anand Kanan", in the temple city.

PM Modi to launch BJP's membership drive in Varanasi today
By: ABP News Bureau
Updated: 06 Jul 2019 12:10 PM
Varanasi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached his parliamentary constituency Varanasi on Saturday morning to launch the BJP's countrywide membership drive. PM launched a mega plantation drive in Uttar Pradesh by planting a sapling at a primary school in Varanasi. On his arrival, Modi unveiled a tall bronze statue of late Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, outside the terminal building of the Varanasi airport.

The plantation drive was launched at Harahua primary school in Anand Kanan forest on the Panch Kosi Marg where Lord Shiva was believed to have stayed with Parvati for some time. A total of 27 lakh saplings and trees were being planted with the help of farmers and residents to increase the green cover in Varanasi.

"The drive will further connect people from all walks of life with the BJP family. It will strengthen our party," Modi tweeted. "On the Jayanti of our inspiration, Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee, BJP's membership drive will begin. I will be joining the programme in Kashi to mark the same," he said.

PM also unveiled a statue of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri at the local airport.

Modi will address around 5,000 party workers at Deendayal Upadhyaya Trade Facilitation Centre in Bada Lalpur, where he will launch the membership drive and facilitate some of the party workers.

This Modi's second visit to the constituency after winning the Lok Sabha elections. PM Modi had visited his constituency on May 27 to thank people for keeping faith in his government. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Governor Ram Naik will receive the prime minister at the Varanasi airport, along with BJP working president J P Nadda and Union minister Mahendra Nath Pandey.

Sharing the details of the BJP's membership drive, its vice-president Shivraj Singh Chouhan said the party has set a target of adding minimum 20 per cent more workers in its current strength through this drive, which will conclude on August 11.

Anyone can become member by giving a missed call on a mobile number or by filing a form, Chouhan said in a statement.

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will participate in the BJP's membership drive programme in Jaipur, BJP chief and Home Minister Amit Shah in Hyderabad and Union Road Minister Nitin Gadkari in Nagpur.