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Cong ‘cyber army’ to counter Modi’s ‘propaganda’

Modi and BJP have taken a lead in popularising the party on the social media.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: November 19, 2013 7:07:30 am

Congress is preparing its own “cyber army” to counter BJP,and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi,who has the biggest presence in the “virtual world” among all politicians in the country.

“We are preparing our cyber army to take on the BJP as well as Modi’s propaganda against the Congress and the UPA government,and expose Modi’s falsehood,” AICC’s social media chief Rohan Gupta told The Indian Express on Monday.

Conceding that Modi and BJP have taken a lead in popularising the party on the social media,Gupta said the Congress had launched the programme in a big way now,and has so far trained 18,000 party workers in 40 cities across the country to take on BJP and Modi in the last few weeks. “On Sunday,we trained around 500 party workers in Ahmedabad and another 400 at Rajkot on Monday,” he said.

He went on to say that 500 more workers from different parts of central Gujarat would be trained to use the social media at Vadodara on November 23.

Deepender Hooda,who is part of Rahul Gandhi’s “war room” team,will address the workers in Vadodara to explain to them the importance of an onslaught on the social media. Since internet use has increased at a past pace across the country and all its users are mostly the youth,who account for a major chunk of the voters,it is important for us to reach out to them,” Gupta said.

“More than 12 crore people,mostly the youth,have access to the internet. Hence,a full-fledged presence in the ‘virtual world’ is necessary for the Congress,” he pointed out. He claimed that the Congress’s “cyber army” was different from the BJP’s because members of the “Congress cyber media” were all party workers and volunteers,while the BJP’s cyber army comprised “paid people”.

“Looking at long term targets,we are training our own party workers,particularly the youngsters,from the state to the district and village levels,so that we can counter BJP’s anti-Congress propaganda down to the grassroot level,” he said.

“We have already started getting positive results,and hope to take over the BJP before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections,” he said.

“In future,social media and internet are going to play a very crucial role in elections,and a party like Congress can never ignore its importance,” Gupta added. The party will also provide email accounts of the Indian National Congress to all its office-bearers to enable them to integrate themselves with party leaders across the country.

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