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MNC executives from Gurgaon join campaigning for Delhi elections

These professionals are providing their expertise in areas such as digital networking and campaigning.

This election season,several multinational professionals from Gurgaon have joined the campaigning for the December 4 polls. And unlike other volunteers,these MNC professionals are not voters registered under the state.

Treating the Delhi polls as the semi-final to the national elections,these professionals have joined hands with various political parties and are providing their expertise in areas such as digital networking and campaigning.

Five such volunteers are working closely with the BJP. “MNC executives are generally looked upon as armchair commentators who complain about problems,but most often,do not vote,” Tarun Satiya,an IIT-BHU graduate who is working with a consulting firm in Gurgaon,said.

Satiya,who joined the BJP as a volunteer a couple of months back,helps with policy documentation related to food security,women’s safety and economic policies. He has also brought together a pool of people to help the party formulate its own election ideology.

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Asked about his motive to join campaigning,IT executive Vijay Inder Chauhan said,“There is leadership vacuum in the city and in the nation. Only a decisive and a charismatic leader can drive people out of this economic slump.” Chauhan provides technological expertise for the BJP’s campaign.

Many of these professionals are working in the social media wing of political parties. Prasanna Karthik R,a management consultant and TISS graduate who joined the BJP two months back,said,“Our job is to analyse and coordinate topics related to the polls that are trending on social media.”

Arvind Gupta,national head of the BJP’s IT cell,said,“These multinational professionals are helping both in war-room preparations for the Delhi as well as the Lok Sabha polls. Many of them are a part of the core group helping in policy and governance. They are specifically volunteering in data research for the BJP.”

Many of them have even joined Aam Aadmi Party volunteers in their door-to-door campaigning in Delhi. They said they had been campaigning in various constituencies for the past six months.

Robin Johri who works with Accenture said,“How AAP fares in Delhi will decide its future course of action in national elections.”

AAP spokesperson Manish Sisodia said,“MNC professionals from the national capital region have told me that ‘Dilli waale vote karenge,toh NCR waaley support karenge (Delhi will vote but NCR will support)’. They are coming forward to help AAP establish itself as the reckoning force in Delhi.”

As for the Congress,many of their youth leaders are also professionals living in Gurgaon. Alok Sharma,spokesperson of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee,said,“Professionals who were members of the Youth Congress are working for us. They are the ones campaigning door-to-door for the party.”

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