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NEW DELHI : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which swept the Lok Sabha elections by winning 303 of the 542 constituencies where votes were counted, launched a membership drive to boost its organizational setup and hinted that there might be a change in the top leadership of the organization after the drive.

The party has appointed former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan as the convener for the drive, at a meeting of the party’s national office bearers held on Thursday by BJP president Amit Shah. The meeting was also attended by the presidents and general secretaries of the party’s state units.

“We will launch a campaign to induct new members. The party has appointed former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan as the convener of the membership drive," BJP general secretary Bhupender Yadav said at a press conference after the meeting.

Chouhan will be assisted by four other leaders who will be co-conveners of the drive. The dates and timelines of the drive will be declared in the coming few days, Yadav said. The BJP has 110 million members at present and aims to increase that by 20%. “First there will be a membership drive and then there will be organizational changes. This is the first phase," Yadav said.

Shah, the president of the party, has taken over as Union home minister. His term as BJP chief is scheduled to end in January. Shah “told organizational office bearers of the BJP that the party has still not peaked in terms of its electoral performance, despite winning the highest ever 303 seats in 2019. Party leaders and workers have managed to take the party to regions where they were not strong earlier," according to Yadav.

Shah said the party’s work and membership has not reached some areas and the party needs to expand in states such as Kerala and Andhra Pradesh. He credited the hard work of crores of party supporters for the BJP getting more than 50% vote share in 220 seats.

PTI contributed to this story.

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