Naidu launches membership drive
TDP national president and Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has formally launched the party’s biennial membership enrolment drive.
At a program organized near his residence at Undavalli in Guntur district on Tuesday, Mr. Naidu paid Rs.100 to renew his membership for the years 2017 and 2018. The new card and receipt for the same were issued to him on the spot.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Naidu said that the party’s membership touched 55 lakh, including 8 lakh in Telangana, last time. The TDP was not setting any target this year but would ensure enrollment of as many people as possible.
“Every eligible person should be given membership without scope for favoritism. Quality and not quantity should be the watchword. Do not pressurizes anybody to take membership. It should be voluntary,” Mr. Naidu said. “I don’t want to hear comments that pensioners are being forced to take membership. Serious action will be taken against those violating this norm,” he added. Cautioning against giving scope for criticism that TDP leaders were corrupt, Mr .Naidu said that the bottom line should be that 90 percent of people favored the Telugu Desam politically.