BJP to IT cell: Spot Hin­dutva sup­port­ers on so­cial me­dia

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES NATION - Shikha.Salaria@ times­group.com

Noida: While the world de­bates and de­ci­phers how much in­flu­ence so­cial me­dia has on voter opin­ion, and even­tu­ally de­cid­ing elec­tions, BJP gal­vanis­ing its IT cell in UP through four meet­ings in two months says a lot about what In­dia’s rul­ing party thinks.

Known for vig­or­ous on­line at­tacks on ri­vals, the IT cell has been given a clear brief — counter any “false ac­cu­sa­tion” against PM Naren­dra Modi and UP CM Yogi Adityanath, iden­tify sup­port­ers of BJP, RSS and Hin­dutva on so­cial me­dia and in­vite them to vol­un­teer, and go af­ter SP-BSP.

At a meet­ing in Noida on Satur­day, state BJP chief Ma­hen­dra Nath Pandey termed IT cell mem­bers of the party as “im­por­tant cy­ber sol­diers”, who needed to bring out the “dif­fer­ence be­tween BJP and ri­val par­ties”.The so­cial me­dia strat­egy will fo­cus on Face­book, Twit­ter and In­sta­gram as well as What­sApp.

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