India’s governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said Monday it had more members than the Chinese Communist Party, after millions of people were said to have enrolled in a membership drive.Hindu nationalist party

The Hindu nationalist party had about 30 million registered members at the start of a membership drive in November, and now had 89 million, Arun Singh, the party’s national secretary said.

Singh said the BJP currently had more members than the CPC – which had some 86.86 million members as of June 2014 – and termed the drive a “tremendous achievement.”

Singh said the party had strictly followed a “one member from one mobile rule” so far, but would shortly collect data of other family members who wanted to register from a single mobile.

The BJP’s main rival, the Indian National Congress, which ruled India for a decade until elections last year, had 38.8 million members at the end of 2014, and has launched an online and app-based membership drive to expand its numbers.


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