The BJP has become the first Indian political party to register in the US. The party is registered as Overseas Friends of BJP (OBJP) under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) of 1938. The Hindustan Times reported. The party was registered with the U.S. Department of Justice on August 27. The BJP can now be officially represented in the US as it is registered under the FARA Act. But there will be no financial dealings between the BJP and the OBJP.
The leadership has instructed members not to use the party’s name or symbol in campaigns related to the US presidential election. The members of the organization can act in their own interest in the election. Members are free to participate in the election campaign and to vote for anyone. However, the BJP symbol or the BJP-OBJP name should not be used in campaign events. The law allows organizations to act in a way that represents the interests of foreign powers in US politics.
Vijay Chotaywala, who handles BJP-related matters in foreign affairs, has been appointed. Adapa V Prasad, one of the signatories to the registration form, told the Hindustan Times that the registration was done on the instructions of the US Investigation Agency. Adipa explains that registration is voluntary. Adipa explains that party members have only recently come to know about the FARA and have decided to register as a result.