Madhya Pradesh: Congress takes social media route to raise awareness

  • Shams Ur Rehman Alavi, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Feb 21, 2015 17:08 IST

The information technology (IT) wing of Madhya Pradesh Congress has planned to raise the professional examination board (PEB) issue with the help of social media. The party functionaries and sympathisers have begun sharing these cartoons on social networking websites.

The party's IT teams in all the districts across the state have been asked to raise different aspects of the alleged scam and target Shivraj Singh Chouhan led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government on social media, especially Facebook and Twitter.

The plan is that while the party is raising the issue on the streets and in the assembly, the social media will help spread the message to a large number of people and create public opinion.

The cartoons about the poor quality of doctors, who passed the pre-medical test (PMT) after paying money through the racket, functioning in the PEB, are part of the campaign.

The party functionaries and sympathisers have begun sharing these cartoons on social networking websites. One of the cartoons shows a doctor (dentist) kicking the patient in order to extract the latter's tooth, as he has no practical knowledge of his subject.

Another shows a boy on way to an educational institute, but instead landing in a jail, after getting arrested for paying money to get selected. 'Aao padhein, aage badhein, jail chalein'(Let's study, move ahead and go to jail) is the message to attack the government which is being shared by Congress.

The fact that a large number of youths were arrested and many of them are in the jail after their arrest in the scam but several main accused are not arrested, is being raised.

The party hopes that it would strike a chord with the masses. Congress was earlier considered lagging behind the BJP on social media. However, it has lately set up its teams at the district level too.

We have IT teams in around 40 districts now and they have been instructed to take the Congressf message to the public, through social networking websites,h said a functionary at the MP Congress's IT and social media wing.

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