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BJD, CPM leaders get BJP membership SMS!

-- ECI urged for action

Bhubaneswar, April 19: Ruling BJD and CPI (M) leaders Odisha are miffed over BJP's membership drive as they claim that they too have been receiving SMSs inviting them to join the saffron outfit.

A controversy has erupted after senior BJD and CPI (M) leaders received messages from the BJP on their mobile phones that their membership to the party has been accepted.

The development left the saffron outfit red-faced which on Sunday celebrated the enrolment of more than 30 lakh members into its fold at the party headquarters here.

BJD Nimapara MLA and party spokesperson Sameer Dash and former CPI(M) State secretary Janardan Pati, who received the messages, questioned the authenticity of the ongoing membership drive of the saffron party.

Taking strong exception of the message to him, Pati has written to the Election Commission of India (ECI) to take necessary action in this regard.

“I have never made a call. How did I become a member of the BJP? It is a serious issue, and I have sought intervention of the ECI to this effect,” said the veteran CPI(M) leader.
BJD MLA and spokesperson Sameer Das dubbed the BJP’s membership drive through “missed call followed messages” on mobiles as a farce.

“The BJP will face a Delhi-like situation everywhere if it enrolled members in such a manner,” remarked Dash.

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