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Congress' internet force set to counter Modi

Aurangzeb Naqshbandi , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 26, 2013
First Published: 00:19 IST(26/8/2013) | Last Updated: 03:07 IST(26/8/2013)

The Congress plans to raise a "volunteer internet force" to counter Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi's "paid digital army" and make its presence felt in the social media in the run up to the 2014 general elections.

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Participants at the party's recent media workshops have repeatedly expressed concern over Modi's digital army, which goes all out to build his image and propagate his achievements on various internet platforms.

At last week's day-long workshop on social media, a number of participants demanded that the Congress party should create a "paid internet force" to counter the Gujarat chief minister's strategy.

The party's media managers junked the proposal and instead asked each state unit to rope in at least 10 volunteers and sympathisers in non-urban districts and 50 in urban districts by November 15 this year.


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