Ambitious for more than deputy, Dushyant Chautala’s JJP on expansion drive

The Dushyant Chautala-led Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) has begun a drive to expand its base across the state with an eye on playing a more prominent role in the state’s politics.

The party said it inducted 4.5 lakh members in a month-long membership drive that concluded on Wednesday. Its cadre strength was approximately 45,000 in December when it announced plans to add 10 lakh members by the end of 2022.

“The membership drive was carried out across Haryana from March 13 till April 13,” Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala. “We had kept a target of approximately 4.5 lakh new members — 5,000 new members in each of the 90 Assembly constituencies in Haryana. In a few constituencies, including in Uchana, we got 26,000 new members, followed by 25,000 in Uklana, 15,000 in Bhadra, 40,000 in Bhiwani district, and 35,000 in Faridabad district. A few district presidents of our party have suggested extending the membership drive for a few more days so that more people can be inducted. I have recently reviewed the membership drive and discussed measures on how to take our party forward and how to assign responsibilities to new members who have joined us.”

Sources said that in 2019 the party’s alliance with the BJP was a last-minute development after the party surprised everyone by winning 10 seats in its debut election and the Manohar Lal Khattar government underperformed by bagging 40 constituencies.

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