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NEW DELHI: Different political events have reacted in a different way to the Election Commission’s (EC) directive banning bodily rallies and highway exhibits until January 15. While the BJP and the Congress mentioned that they had developed the infrastructure for digital campaigning a lot prematurely, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) mentioned it depended extra on door-to-door campaigning. The Samajwadi Party (SP) mentioned it was planning learn how to organise digital rallies.
While asserting on January eight the ballot schedule for the 5 states of Uttar Pradesh (UP), Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa, chief election commissioner (CEC) Sushil Chandra mentioned: “The commission has decided that no road show, padyatra, cycle, bike and vehicle rallies or any procession shall be allowed till January 15… Similarly, no physical rallies of political parties or probable candidates or any other group related to elections shall be allowed till January 15. The commission shall subsequently review the situation of the pandemic and issue further instructions accordingly.”
The political events have welcomed the EC resolution and mentioned the constitutional physique’s directions can be adopted in letter and spirit. They are additionally ready that the ban might nicely prolong as much as the election dates and are gearing up for that eventuality as nicely.
However, the events responded in a different way relating to their preparedness for conducting digital campaigning.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
Talking to TOI, Union info and broadcasting (I&B) minister Anurag Thakur hailed the EC’s resolution and mentioned the federal government’s schemes by way of digital means would assist the BJP.
Anurag Thakur, who additionally holds the youth affairs and sports activities portfolios, mentioned, “We welcome the decision of the Election Commission. It is in the interest of the people. We have witnessed how direct benefit transfer (DBT) during pandemic was used to its full potential and digital payments through UPI Bheem application created a record. Digital education helped the people during the Covid-19 pandemic.”
The I&B minister mentioned the BJP would go together with the EC’s digital campaigning directive. “We were continuously in the field for the last five years in UP, serving the people of the state. On the one hand we fulfilled the promise of ‘gundaraj aur bhrashtachar-mukt UP’ (UP free from goons and corruption) and on the other hand our welfare schemes of providing free houses, electricity, toilets, water, LPG cylinders, etc to the poorest of the poor will help the BJP,” he mentioned.
Anurag Thakur targetted the BJP’s opponents. “It shall be troublesome for many who had been absent for 5 years however have emerged on the eve of elections. They are actually discovering it troublesome to succeed in out to the voters. Bua-Behen-Babua blamed EVM (digital voting machine) for the earlier electoral defeats. Now, they’ve already began making excuses complaining about digital marketing campaign. They will blame it after their defeat within the assembly elections,” he mentioned.
Though he didn’t title them, by “Bua-Behen-Babua”, he was referring to BSP supremo Mayawati, Congress normal secretary in-charge of UP Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and SP president Akhilesh Yadav.
BJP spokesperson and media co-in-charge Sanjay Mayukh mentioned the BJP has the expertise of digital campaigning and, subsequently, it will not discover it troublesome within the upcoming meeting elections as nicely. “Home minister Amit Shah ji held virtual rallies during the 2020 Bihar assembly election. The BJP will campaign virtually at every level. We will set up green rooms in all the states,” he mentioned in regards to the preparedness.
Congress
With a powerful and energetic presence in social media, the Congress didn’t seem perturbed over the EC directive. The get together mentioned it already had its highly effective social media presence in all of the poll-bound states and it simply wanted to penetrate deeper into the area.
Talking to TOI, Congress social media division chairperson Rohan Gupta mentioned, “Basically we were anticipating the Election Commission’s directive because of Covid. The way stringent guidelines have come, we need to increase the levels and quantum of social media activities. Initially, digital campaign was just complementing the ground campaign but now it will substitute it 100 per cent till the guidelines are in place.”
Rohan Gupta mentioned there can be a number of digital set ups – one arrange can be on the nationwide stage and the others can be on the state ranges. “We are planning to launch the virtual rallies from next week on all social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Instagram. The national leaders will join from Delhi while the state leaders and volunteers will join from the state capitals.”
The Congress social media chief mentioned LED TVs can be put in in Congress places of work within the states for the get together volunteers to look at the stay marketing campaign by sustaining social distance. Mobile LED TVs would even be put in at a number of paces.
Rohan Gupta mentioned, “People will be invited to the live virtual rallies through inc.in and they will get a link. They can also comment and give their feedback. We will have multiple reach on all the platforms – through party programmes, press conferences and campaigns; manifesto release and discussions; and candidate-level interaction.”
He mentioned the Congress’s social media division had arrange places of work within the capitals of the election-bound states 4 months in the past. “We have trained the social media warriors up to assembly level in all the states. We will be setting up Whatsapp groups on the booth level. We need to penetrate more. We are aiming at organic reach and the need to map youth through micro-targetting,” he mentioned.
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)
A day after the announcement of the ballot schedule, BSP supremo Mayawati issued a press observe and requested the get together employees to strictly adhere to the EC pointers.
The former four-time UP chief minister mentioned: “There are strict directions for all the BSP office-bearers, workers and candidates to scrupulously follow the model code of conduct (MCC) which has come into effect from today besides the party discipline.”
BSP spokesperson Faizan Khan mentioned, “We welcome the EC directive and Behen Mayawati ji has requested us all to comply with it. Besides utilizing social media, we have now been visiting door-to-door for the previous 5 years. Now we are going to attain out to the voters additionally by way of social media platforms equivalent to Facebook and Twitter each quickly.
Samajwadi Party (SP)
Among the outstanding political events, Akhilesh Yadav-led SP was the one one to specific apprehensions over the brand new association of ban on bodily rallies and exhibits and directive to make use of digital campaigning.
Soon after the EC press convention, Akhilesh Yadav advised information company ANI: “If we go for the digital rallies, the Election Commission ought to take into consideration these events and their employees who should not have any infrastructure to carry digital rallies. How will these events maintain digital rallies with out the infrastructure? EC ought to cooperate by giving extra time to the opposition events on the TV channels. The opposition events ought to get airtime on these channels totally free.”
The former CM additional mentioned: “The BJP already has a huge infrastructure. They are in the government. They also get the maximum electoral bonds. They are ahead of all other parties in incurring election expenditure. We are witness to the manner in which government money has been spent on giving advertisements to the channels. The channels were obliged yesterday and would be obliged today also. Therefore, the opposition parties should also get space. Otherwise, they would not be able to garner resources for their space.”
SP spokesperson Anurag Bhadauria advised TOI that the get together’s digital marketing campaign was in a “planning stage”. “We will obviously follow the EC’s instructions. We will go for door-to-door campaign. Our virtual campaign is in the planning stage. We will let you know very soon,” he mentioned.

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