For Gujarat local body polls, BJP will start with social media pages of ticket-seekers

GANDHINAGAR: The BJP in Gujarat will thoroughly scan social media accounts of ticket-seekers in the upcoming local body elections on their success in enrolling page committee members and for their commitment to movements like the Ram Janmabhoomi temple.

BJP state functionaries told ET the party decided to scan the Twitter and Facebook handles of prospective candidates to get a complete picture of their social acceptance.

“A person’s nature and character is revealed in his social media, and one can figure out his commitment towards ideology, his associations and the place he commands in society,” said Yagnesh Dave, BJP’s newly-appointed state media coordinator.

Dave explained that the enrolling of page committee members would show how much trust the candidate enjoyed because “people rarely share personal details including photos other than for job or marriage”.

“If someone can gain so much trust of people that they can obtain such information, they can also gain votes,” he said.

Started by incumbent BJP state president CR Patil in the 2019 Lok Sabha poll, the page committee was a big success for BJP in the last byelections in Gujarat, helping the party wrest all eight assembly seats by substantial margins.

As for a social media record of promoting the Ayodhya temple construction movement, he said the party expected its elected representatives to demonstrate commitment towards a core issue it followed since inception.

Six municipal corporations in Gujarat will go to polls on February 21; 81 municipalities, 31 district panchayats and 231 taluka panchayats will vote on February 28.

The BJP lost turf in rural areas to the Congress in the 2015 local body elections in Gujarat which was held during the Patidar agitation. While the party retained all the six municipal corporations and 40 of the 56 smaller town municipalities, the Congress walked away with a majority of the 31 district and 230 taluka panchayats.





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