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BJP races past Communist Party of China to become the largest political party in the world

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

The ruling Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) has become the largest political party in the world with its enrolment drive in the past five months taking its membership to 8.80 crore. BJP has bagged the first rank from the Communist Party of China, which was until now considered the largest party with about 8.60 crore members.

The party hit the 8.80 crore mark on Sunday and the BJP expects its membership to cross 10 crore by the end of this month, exactly what it had aimed for when it launched the drive in November last year. Party President,  Amit Shah will announce the final figure at the national executive to be held in Bangalore on April 3-4.

The ambitious membership drive was actually Shah’s idea. He views a base of active members as a device for consolidating BJP’s freshly-achieved pre-eminence.

 

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Typhoon Rumbia Arrives in Shanghai

Rumbia, the 3rd of the typhoons that had made landfall in Shanghai this month.

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Typhoon Rumbia makes landfall in Shanghai. Flickr

Typhoon Rumbia made landfall in Shanghai on Friday bringing torrential rains and strong winds of up to 23 metres per second, according to the National Meteorological Centre (NMC).

The tropical storm is expected to gradually wane as it keeps moving northwest at a speed of 30 km per hour, Xinhua news agency reported.

By Friday morning, 53,000 people had been evacuated in Shanghai.

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Aerial View of Shanghai Disneyland Resort. Wikimedia Commons.

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Bringing gales and downpours, Rumbia has downed 176 trees, the municipal flood control and drought relief headquarters said.

Rumbia, the 3rd of the typhoons that had made landfall in Shanghai this month, will bring strong winds and heavy rains to the city from Friday to Saturday. (IANS)

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