8,000 and counting… BJP creates an army of social media volunteers

Shah, Sitharaman to address meet in Lucknow today.

Written by Lalmani Verma | Lucknow | Published: September 3, 2016 12:36:24 am

Aiming to use social media to reach voters ahead of the 2017 polls, BJP president Amit Shah and Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman will address a Social Media Volunteers’ Meet in Lucknow Saturday.

The meet, which will be attended by nearly 8,000 volunteers, is aimed at developing a dedicated workforce of volunteers who will popularise the work done by the Modi government. It will use social media to create an atmosphere against Opposition parties.

During the meet, Shah will launch a mobile application and a website of the state BJP unit. Information related to the BJP, like statements and speeches of senior party leaders on different issues and important decisions by the Modi government, will be accessible to the public.

The event will be held in two sessions at the auditorium in Ram Manohar Lohia Law University, Lucknow. In the first session, nearly 4,000 officebearers of BJP’s IT Vibhag from all 403 constituencies will be present, and state leaders will give them the target of forming the IT Vibhag upto the revenue village level.

In the second session, 8,000 IT volunteers will be invited, and Nirmala Sitharaman will make a presentation of the Modi government’s work and achievements before them. Later, Shah will address the gathering and ask volunteers to communicate to the masses through social media in form of text, videos, and graphics.

IT Vibhag head Sanjay Rai told The Indian Express that around 8,000 volunteers have associated themselves with the BJP by registering for Saturday’s meet online.

“The new volunteers will connect six crore people with the BJP through applications like WhatsApp as well. They will share text,videos, audios regarding works and policies of the NDA government, as well as the BJP’s ideologies,” Rai said.

Before attending the social media meet, Shah will also hold a workshop for the media department officebearers from state, regional and districts units at party state headquarters.

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