BJP banks on social media for election propaganda

BJP banks on social media for election propaganda

Facebook, Twitter handle to unleash a series of posts

BJP banks on social media for election propaganda

The BJP, as in the last Lok Sabha elections, is planning to make extensive use of social media to get inputs for its manifesto and also introduce its candidates to people as part of its campaign strategy for the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) polls.

In the coming days, the BJP will make use of its Facebook page and Twitter handle to unleash a series of posts to get feed back from citizens.

“We are close to finalising our strategy. We plan to get inputs for our manifesto from the voters. Besides, details of our candidates will be posted on the party’s Facebook page,” BJP MLA and campaign committee chairman B N Vijayakumar told Deccan Herald. The BJP is planning to release its manifesto on August 14. The party released its first list of 96 candidates on Tuesday and the second list is likely to released on August 7. A series of cleverly worded campaign messages will also be posted on Whatsapp urging the receiver to foward it to various groups. A SMS campaign is also being planned, he said. The party is also planning to hold public meetings at least at one venue in an Assembly constituency soon after the closing of nomination for polls (August 10).

Star campaigners

The party has already drawn a list of “star campaigners” for the polls. As many as 28 customised vans with campaign material, open platform and public addressing system will criss-cross the streets of Bengaluru as part of BJP’s electioneering for BBMP polls.

One more former Congress corporator joined the BJP on Wednesday. N Jayapal who represented the Malleswaram ward in the previous BBMP Council joined the BJP along with his followers. Sources said he will be given a ticket from the same ward.

Two other former Congress corporators have already joined the BJP. Poornima Srinivas, daughter of former minister A Krisnappa, joined the BJP recently and has been given a ticket to contest from the K R Puram ward. T Gopal Krishna who won a bypolls in 2012 from the Gandhinagar ward has also joined the BJP.

On the other hand, former BJP corporator Chandrashekaraiah (Hampinagar) is upset that he was denied ticket to contest the 2015 polls and is contemplating quitting the party. He was denied ticket at the behest of former legislator V Somanna, his one-time close associate. His relation with Somanna deteriorated over the last few years.

Next list

Finalising the next list of 102 candidates will be a challenge for the party. Difference of opinion among  leaders, particularly Ananth Kumar, B S Yeddyurappa, D V Sadananda Gowda and R Ashoka, who sought tickets for their supporters, marred the selection of the first list of candidates.

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