New Delhi: The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday said it will start the process of electing its new party president by December this year.

Members of the BJP said organisational elections of the party will start in October at the booth level, which will be taken up to the district and state-level elections. The election process at the national level will take place in December, where a new BJP president will get elected.

“The process is to first hold booth-level elections, then district and state-level elections. Once the process is complete then only elections for the national president will take place. It is scheduled to take place in December," said J.P Nadda, working president of the party, told reporters on Thursday.

The tenure of current BJP president Amit Shah, who is also the home minister, is expected to end in December. J.P. Nadda was chosen as the working president of the party to help Shah run the day-to-day operations of the party along with preparations for the upcoming assembly elections in Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Haryana. Nadda is the frontrunner to become the next BJP president.

Nadda also said that in the recently concluded nationwide membership drive, the ruling party had made 7 crore new members. The membership drive was started in Varanasi by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 6 July.

“We have made over 5.81 crore members online, over 62 lakh members offline. people could also become members of the party by giving a missed call. Total we have made around 7 crore members. BJP already has 11 crore members," according to Nadda.

Elaborating on the party's membership drive, Nadda said that people of the socially and financially weaker sections, youth and women had joined the party in large numbers. He also said that membership work was affected due to floods in some parts of the country and the party members were involved in relief and rescue efforts.

“There has been an increase of at least 50% members in every state. Our target for West Bengal was initially 60 lakhs, but we managed to induct 1 crore people," Nadda added.

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