Social media a new site for Gujarat election campaigning
Ahead of the Gujarat assembly polls, political parties have started using social networking sites for campaigning in the state.
The president of the Rajkot unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Dhansukh Bhanderi, said through social media pages they are providing information about their party and the development work undertaken by the government in the last five years.
"The Rajkot unit of Bharatiya Janata Party has started using social networking websites for campaigning in the forthcoming assembly elections. Our party has connected with 25,000 people through these sites. We provide them the information about our programmes and about the Gujarat government through facebook, twitter and mobile phones. We also provide information about the development work that is being carried out by chief minister Narendra Modi," said Bhanderi.
Bhanderi added that through these social websites, they are trying to connect with the youth and women.
"We will definitely benefit by using information technology for campaigning, as these sites are extensively used by the youth and women. In order to ensure that the youth and the women support us, we are using this technology," added Bhanderi.
However, the president of Rajkot unit of the Congress Party, Indranil Rajyaguru, said he is inviting the youth to visit his page and read about his ideas before casting their votes for him.
"There are youth, who stay in touch with me on Facebook and if they want to know about me, they can get the information from my Facebook page. I invite them to join me on my Facebook page to understand my ideas before casting their votes for me," said Rajyaguru.
The first phase of the Gujarat assembly polls will be held on December 13, while the second will be held on December 17. Counting of votes will take place on December 20.
Over 35,000 troopers from the paramilitary forces and at least 55,000 state police personnel are likely to be deployed for the upcoming Gujarat polls.
Gujarat has 182 assembly constituencies, 13 of which are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) and 26 for Scheduled Tribe (ST) with 3.78 crore voters who waiting to exercise their franchise after being ruled by Modi for over a decade.