As India heads into an election where social media is setting the agenda like never before, political parties are banking on a burgeoning army of party volunteers to spread the word. The Sunday Express on the journey that political posts, shares and tweets make before they reach millions of phones
In the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections, the Congress has scaled up its attack against the NDA government for penetrating institutions like the CBI, the judiciary, the Election Commission and universities.
The first was issued on March 9, a day before the Model Code of Conduct kicked in, in which the EC specifically asked parties to desist from using photographs of defence personnel in political advertisements and campaign.
In Baramati, Sule’s political opponents spent considerably less than her — Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Suresh Khopade spent Rs 33.55 lakh while Mahadeo Jankar of Rashtriya Samaj Paksha (RSP), who contested with support from the Shiv Sena-BJP combine, spent Rs 22 lakh.
Talking to over 200 people, who had gathered at Laxmi Nagar’s Ramesh Park, the CM attacked the Congress as well as the BJP, accusing them of “coming from the same family” and “betraying the people of Delhi by not delivering on their promise of full statehood”.
While party sources indicated that this “massive pruning” will not be a template for selection of candidates in other states, the possibility of similar “pruning” in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, where too the party lost power last year, cannot be ruled out.