New Delhi: BJP President Amit Shah on Thursday disapproved of the controversial remarks of Haryana Agriculture Minister O P Dhankar who had said farmers who commit suicide were “cowards” and asked party leaders to refrain from making such comments.

“I don’t agree with the remarks at all. These are his personal views. I feel party leaders should avoid making such comments,” he told journalists when asked whether he and the party agreed with what Dhankar had said.

Amit Shah. PTIAmit Shah. PTI

Amit Shah. PTI

Dhankar’s “insensitive” remarks that anyone committing suicide were cowards and leaving his innocent family in the lurch drew severe flak from Opposition, who demanded his sacking.

At the press conference, Shah also claimed that the party’s membership has touched around 10.5 crore and the BJP has emerged as the largest party in the world.

“I feel pride in saying that BJP with around 10.5 crore members has become the largest party in the world. We are happy about it,” he said crediting the hard work of workers for achieving the target.

The BJP chief said the party’s membership drive which had started on 1 November ends at 30 April midnight and announced the launch of a mass contact programme from 1 May, to reach out to all its new members.

Asked the reasons why the party fared poorly in the West Bengal civic polls despite a large number of people becoming its members, he said had had the state police not been there the results would have been different. “Had the local police not been there, we would not have lost badly. When neutral polls are conducted by the Election Commission with para-military forces deployed in the state, there will be different results,” he said.

He said under the membership drive, the party has the largest number of over 1.82 crore members in Uttar Pradesh. Shah said after the three-month mass contact drive starting tomorrow, the party would launch a major training programme for its 15 lakh workers that will carry on for another three months.

He added that all those members who submit a list of 100 new members made by them and contact them will be made active members after the membership drive.


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Dhankar’s ‘coward’ farmer remark: Amit Shah tells BJP leaders to avoid such comments