TMC, BJP to fight cyber war to nail 2019 poll bat­tle

Sunday Express - - INDIA - AISHIK CHANDA

THE Tri­namool Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party are set to en­gage in a cyber war in the run up to the Lok Sabha elec­tions next year and the West Bengal elec­tions in 2021.

TMC supremo Ma­mata Ban­er­jee and her nephew and TMC Youth wing pres­i­dent Ab­hishek Ban­er­jee, at a ‘Dig­i­tal Con­clave’ held re­cently, called for re­cruit­ment of 30,000 ‘cyber sainiks’ in the 294 As­sem­bly con­stituen­cies to take on the BJP IT Cell in the run up to the cru­cial Lok Sabha elec­tions next year.

Even as Ma­mata is ex­pected to be a key player in the anti-BJP ‘Fed­eral Front’ but at the same time face the tough com­pe­ti­tion to be posed by BJP at home turf West Bengal.

“I want 100 ‘cyber sainiks’ in each of the 294 As­sem­bly seg­ments of the state. I want th­ese 30,000 ‘cyber sainiks’ to wage a war against BJP’s vin­dic­tive pol­i­tics,” Ab­hishek said.

West Bengal Chief Min­is­ter Ma­mata Ban­er­jee her­self called for a com­pe­ti­tion among the Tri­namool cyber war­riors and promised them re­wards.

“I want the cyber war­riors to re­spond to the ma­li­cious at­tempts of BJP IT Cell in not only Bangla but also in Hindi for a wider reach.

“There will be com­pe­ti­tion among the cyber war­riors in each of the 23 dis­tricts of the state to counter the BJP with facts and fig­ures high­light­ing the achieve­ments of the state gov­ern­ment and bust­ing their fake news,” she said.

On the other hand, BJP pres­i­dent Amit Shah, dur­ing his re­cent visit to the state, had met the mem­bers of BJP IT Cell and In­tel­lec­tual Cell and asked them to dou­ble ef­forts to take on the rul­ing gov­ern­ment.

With Ma­mata try­ing to bring in Ben­gali iden­tity, the same may be fo­cused upon by cyber war­riors

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