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Poll battle picks up pace on digital platforms

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  19 Feb 2018 12:00 AM GMT



TURA, Feb 18: In 2014 Lok Sabha election, India witnessed a bombardment of social media penetration, where political parties made effort to connect to the voter’s using the platform, which was easy and effective to target both urban and rural masses. The trend continued in successive elections as politicians realised that social media was an ultimate platform to connect to the masses. This time, Meghalaya election has also become very interesting with almost all major political parties running their campaign on social media – be it twitter, facebook, youtube or instagram.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, who is on a whirlwind tour addressing several election rallies is keeping the audience updated with video and picture content on social media.

His latest post on facebook read, “We, Meghalayans, are strong. But we must also realize that true strength is keeping everything together when everyone expects us to fall apart. We must ensure that we stay united, not divided. They will try, but will fail. We shall overcome!”

A post states: Opposition in Meghalaya was making an effort to dethrone the Congress party.

Through facebook and twitter Mukul is not just connecting to the masses but is also sending a strong message to his opponent. “I offer my opponents a bargain: If they will stop telling lies about us, we will stop telling the truth about them”, he said in a post on Friday. The war of words during election witnessed in traditiol media is also being seen on the digital platform, where political parties and high-profile candidates have sponsored their pages to get their message conveyed.

All political parties are using the latest technology like drone, osmo and high-end cameras to create powerful audio-video and graphical content.

In fact there are pages like – “I support Mukul Sangma”, “Not my NPP” or “We need change in Meghalaya”, “We care for Meghalaya” are some of the pages, where social media warriors of different political parties are trying to score over each other.

The tiol People’s Party of Conrad K. Sangma, in its latest 5-minute video titled - “Wave of NPP” released in youtube and facebook tries to woo voters by explaining to the audience that the dictatorial attitude and one man show of chief minister Mukul Sangma has to end.

NPP has cornered the ruling Congress in its post by highlighting facts on increase in crime against women, lack of employment and is pledging its promise to the electorates that if NPP is voted to power there will be a reverse trend.

“Crimes against women have increased in Meghalaya and tragically the conviction rate is very low. We must all come together to change mindsets and overhaul the system to put an end to this!” a post in NPP official page read, which had figures and graphically content.

Through its official page, NPP is attacking the government on different sectors like health, education and employment, where are being equally responded by the Congress party.

In the digital war – NPP and Congress are seen to be as the main rivals, while BJP is making effort to highlight the growth and development under Prime Minister rendra Modi.

BJP is also attacking the Congress for its failure to implement different central schemes. In the latest post through its official platform BJP Mission Meghalaya, the party highlights through a film titled – “15 years of loot, 15 years of corruption, 15 years of destruction” and shames Congress for its failure in the implementation of central schemes and failure to fulfill the aspirations of the people.

Observers feel that the medium has ceased the boundaries in connecting masses directly with the parties, as there are engagements in the pages. The impact of social media in mainstream politics is undeniable fact and optimum efforts would continue to woo the voters.

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