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BJP leaders to discuss use of media in poll-bound states today

Sources at Delhi said media managers would be asked to create a liaison with TV and print reporters and more and more leaders have been asked to be active on social media with the help of their Twitter handle and Facebook accounts.

BJP media in-charges of poll-bound Assam, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Kerala and Puducherry, would be meeting All India media co-convenor K K Sharma in three rounds of meetings in Delhi on Monday to discuss the strategies in which media —print, electronic and social —would be used for campaigning.
From West Bengal, Krishanu Mitra, spokesperson and media in-charge of state BJP unit along with BJP MLA Samik Bhattacharya had been invited for the two-day meet beginning Monday afternoon.

“We have been told that other than a joint meeting of representative of the five states on poll strategies, there would be a separate session with us where do’s and dont’s would be discussed,” Mitra said on the sidelines of a press conference Sunday.

While Mitra is all set to attend Monday’s meeting, Bhattacharya said he would reach Delhi for the meeting on Tuesday.

It has been found out that a full-fledged media war room has been set up where other than monitoring of news articles and pieces that appear in print and electronic media, content on digital and social media would also be given equal importance.

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Sources at Delhi said media managers would be asked to create a liaison with TV and print reporters and more and more leaders have been asked to be active on social media with the help of their Twitter handle and Facebook accounts.

The Bengal BJP unit has also introduced a helpline number (8030636099) on which anyone with any kind of enquiry could give a missed call and he would be contacted by someone and his query would be addressed. “It could be an enquiry about a central government project or even a general complaint about non-availability of a public amenity,” Mitra said.

Asked if Prime Minister Narendra Modi would address any public meeting during his visit to the state on February 21, Mitra said the PM is coming on a religious event and won’t have time for that. “No communication requesting a public meet had been sent from the state to the PMO,” he said.

No public rally has been planned during the PM’s visit as use of microphones would be banned that time owing to the Board exams here.